December 2, 2013

Poll: Hillary Favorability Ratings Underwater

A new YouGov/Economist poll shows for the first time since stepping down as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings are underwater:

Nearly nine months after leaving office, more Americans have an unfavorable than a favorable opinion of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a recent YouGov/Economist poll. …

But starting around mid-May of this year, the positive feelings began to recede and the secretary’s image has not recovered since, with nearly half of Americans (48%) now holding an unfavourable opinion of her, compared to 46% with a favourable one, for a net rating of -2.

Clinton’s numbers began to drop amid fallout from her mishandling the attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi:

The shift in May suggests that negative press surrounding the tragic September 11, 2012 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which led to the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others, may have impacted views about Clinton and her tenure at the State Department.

And Clinton’s numbers have faced the sharpest drop among independent voters:

An even greater drop is visible among Independents, traditionally a particularly important bloc of voters, a majority (51%) of whom viewed Clinton favourably during January. For November, the same number is over 10 points lower, at 40%.