18 Jul 2017

Dying Brands: Polls show Clinton more unpopular than Trump

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Is Clintonism finally being rejected?

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"I mistakenly speculated that the Clinton Library would someday become a major tourist attraction in the South, like Graceland. 'Douglas,' Hitchens said softly, "nobody wants to see the NAFTA pen under glass'." -- Douglas Brinkley, foreward to the book No One Left To Lie To by Christopher Hitchens. 

As if the 2016 election couldn’t be more haunting on the public, polls show that President Trump is viewed more favorably than his presidential rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

A Bloomberg News survey finds Clinton is viewed favourably by only 39 percent of voting age Americans, compared to President Trump, who is viewed favourably by 41 percent of Americans.  

In regards to negatives, 58 percent of Americans have an unfavourable view of Clinton, compared to slightly lower results for Trump — resting at an unhealthy 55 percent. The highest negatives for an incumbent American president in polling history. 

The poll comes after several ups and downs for the current administration, from the news of the Syrian cease-fire brokered between the United States and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the constant controversies stemming from the "Russian meddling" in the 2016 presidential election, claims which have differing rumours and assertions depending on who you talk to, and Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting last year with a Russian lawyer regarding opponent research into possible Democrat corruption. 

“There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,” said Bloomberg pollster J. Ann Selzer. "It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good." 

This seems to check out as Michael Sainato for The Observer reported Clinton's Democratic Primary challenger, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, is the most popular politician in the country. Morning Consult released a poll showing Sen. Bernie Sanders as the most popular politician in the Senate, with a 75 percent approval rating from his state constituents. Still  6 percent lead over the runner up, Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz, after reports broke of possible bank fraud connections between his wife Jane Sanders and a school fund that went south.  

A survey conducted by Fox News in March 2017 found similar results, Sanders receiving the highest favorability rating nationally of all known politicians: resting at a 61 percent. The runner being Vice President Mike Pence, his favorability being a divisive 47 percent.  

A Harvard-Harris survey from April 2017 were similar, Sanders receiving a 57 percent favorability rating. In that same poll Hillary Clinton received only 42 percent favorability. In that same month PolitiFact rated the claim that "Sanders is the most popular politician in the country even though he lost to Clinton" as "mostly true". 

It's unclear which candidate will be running against Trump in 2020, but according to an exclusive report from Page Six's Emily Smith, Clinton Donors are flocking to, as Smith so eloquently said, their “Great Freshman Hope,” Sen. Kamala Harris.  

Known as one of the leads in the Senate Russia investigation, the California senator is being vetted in Bridgehampton on Saturday at the home of Michael Kempner, the known Clinton supporter who was one of her national-finance co-chairs and a led fund-raiser for her 2008 bid for the presidency. He was also listed as one of the top “bundlers” for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign, raising an impressive $3 million. 

Smith reports the guests there to greet Harris include Margo Alexander, a member of Clinton’s inner circle; Dennis Mehiel, a Democratic donor and the chairman of the Battery Park City Authority, designer Steven Gambrel and Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman.  

Along with Washington lobbyist Liz Robbins hosting her own separate Hamptons lunch with Miss Harris.

Bloomberg News, The Hill