An ABC News/WaPo poll indicates that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is viewed unfavorably by a majority of Americans — the country’s view of Hillary Clinton is at it’s lowest level since 2008
Hillary Clinton is lagging behind in key Democratic groups that supported the election of President Barack Obama
Hillary Clinton continues to decline in the polls to such an extent that it is fair to posit that there is a national trend against her candidacy for President of the United States. A recent ABC-Washington Post Poll was no exception to that trend. Various members of the mainstream press and the mainstream media reported on the results of that poll; two of those reports, Politico and the Wa Po itself, are discussed herein below.
POLITICO REPORTPolitico reports that — “Americans' views on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton have gone under water, nearing an all-time low in ABC News/Washington Post polling, according to the latest survey released Wednesday.... Clinton is seen favorably by 45 percent of Americans, a decrease of 7 percentage points since July, while 53 percent said they did not have a favorable view of the former secretary of state, an increase of 8 percentage points in the same time frame. The numbers are close to Clinton's all-time low in the poll, when she took in just 44 percent in the spring of 2008....” ( See “Hillary Clinton's favorability numbers have gone under water” by Nick Gass, 9/2/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/09/poll-hillary-clinton-2016-favorability-213251]).
WASHINGTON POST REPORTThe Washington Post reported on the same poll in a very even hand fashion; nonetheless it did note that — “.... Fully, 53 percent have an unfavorable impression of her, the highest since April 2008 in Post-ABC surveys. That mark is eight percentage points higher than in July, though not as far from a Post-ABC poll in late May (49 percent). Intense views also run clearly against Clinton, with almost twice as many having a "strongly unfavorable" view of her (39 percent) as "strongly favorable" (21 percent).... Concerns about Clinton's falling popularity have fed uncertainty among Democrats about her electability, as well as speculation that Vice President Biden will challenge her for the Democratic nod....” (See “Hillary Clinton’s image continues to decline” by Peyton M. Craighill & Scott Clement, 9/2/15 [http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2015/09/02/hillary-clintons-image-is-struggling-but-shes-no-donald-trump-or-jeb-bush/]).
The Craighill and Clement article in the Washington Post specifically mentioned the following significant item about Hillary Clinton’s support or non support by certain Democrats: “.... Clinton's image is surprisingly weak among some core groups that helped elect Barack Obama, including younger Americans and women. Her ratings are 48 percent favorable to 51 percent unfavorable among women. Biden draws a similar 45 percent favorable-45 percent unfavorable split among women.... Among adults aged 18-to-39, Clinton splits 47 percent favorable to 50 percent unfavorable. Biden tilts slightly more positive at 46 favorable to 42 percent unfavorable.....”
The Post-ABC poll was conducted between August 26th and August 30th 2015 among a random national sample of 1,005 adults, using conventional and cellular phones. The results from the full survey have a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.