Latest mainstream media poll plays into Trump’s favor

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A recent poll revealed that Americans have a more favorable view of President Donald Trump than of his former campaign rival, Hillary Clinton.

According to the latest Bloomberg National Poll, Clinton is viewed favorably by 39 percent of Americans, two points lower than Trump.

Clinton’s score is the second-lowest for her since the poll began tracking her in September 2009.

The survey found that Clinton has lost support among those who voted for her in the 2016 presidential election, with more than 20 percent of voters having an unfavorable view of her. That number has risen from 8 percent of likely Clinton voters who viewed her unfavorably in the final Bloomberg poll before the election.

Six percent of Trump voters now view him unfavorably.

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

When interviewed following the poll, participants who were Clinton voters said that their negative perceptions were not associated with Clinton losing the election to Trump.

Bloomberg reported that “Instead, their comments often reflected the ongoing angst among Democrats about how best to position themselves against Trump and Republicans in 2018 and beyond. Many said they wished Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont had won the Democratic nomination, or that they never liked Clinton and only voted for her because she was the lesser of two bad choices.”

Chris Leininger, 29, an insurance agent from Fountain Valley, California, said of Clinton, “She did not feel authentic or genuine to me. She was hard to like.”

Leininger identified herself as an Independent voter who leans Democratic and said that Sanders was much more likable and had a better story to tell voters.

“But I don’t blame her for Trump,” she said. “There were a lot of factors that fed into Trump becoming a president and she was just one of them.”

The Bloomberg poll of 1,001 American adults was conducted by telephone July 8-12 and has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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