Fun with polls: Amer­ica hates Hil­lary — and digs Trump

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary - BY JOSEPH CURL

Nearly ev­ery day, an­other main­stream me­dia poll emerges that claims Pres­i­dent Trump has the low­est ap­proval rat­ing since Caligula. But there’s one per­son Amer­i­cans like even less: Hil­lary Clin­ton. Bloomberg’s lat­est na­tional poll puts Mr. Trump’s ap­proval rat­ing at 41 per­cent. Mrs. Clin­ton’s is two points lower, at 39 per­cent.

“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 Bloomberg sur­vey. “It’s not a pox on the Demo­cratic house be­cause num­bers for other Democrats are good.”

So, it’s Just Hil­lary. In fact, her dis­mal rat­ing in the lat­est poll is the sec­ond low­est since the poll be­gan track­ing her in Septem­ber 2009. And she con­tin­ues to lose ground from her 44 per­cent rat­ing right be­fore the 2016 elec­tion.

Bloomberg runs a fas­ci­nat­ing graphic with its story, show­ing how Mrs. Clin­ton dropped in the polls af­ter each of her scan­dals: Beng­hazi, when four Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing the U.S. am­bas­sador, were killed in Libya on Sept. 11, 2012; her use of a se­cret email server be­ing re­vealed in a New York Times story; and even when she be­came the Demo­cratic nom­i­nee for pres­i­dent (a dark day for Democrats).

Shortly af­ter her hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat, Mrs. Clin­ton be­gan to blame Trump col­lu­sion with Rus­sia. She’s pushed the bo­gus nar­ra­tive ever since, giv­ing paid speeches in which she streams out ac­cu­sa­tions to ex­plain her loss. But ap­par­ently, few buy that ca­nard — peo­ple just don’t like her.

Said Bloomberg: “More than a fifth of Clin­ton vot­ers say they have an un­fa­vor­able view of her. By com­par­i­son, just 8 per­cent of likely Clin­ton vot­ers felt that way in the fi­nal Bloomberg poll be­fore the elec­tion, and just 6 per­cent of Trump’s vot­ers now say they view him un­fa­vor­ably.”

Chris Leininger, 29, an in­sur­ance agent from Foun­tain Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, told Bloomberg that Mrs. Clin­ton “did not feel au­then­tic or gen­uine to me. She was hard to like.” That’s the un­der­state­ment of the cen­tury.

Mean­while, the Bloomberg poll had much bet­ter news for Mr. Trump.

“Al­most six months into Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency, Amer­i­cans are feel­ing fairly op­ti­mistic about their jobs, the strength of the U.S. econ­omy, and their own for­tunes,” Bloomberg wrote. The poll found 35 per­cent of those sur­veyed care most about health care, un­em­ploy­ment and jobs, 13 per­cent; ter­ror­ism, 11 per­cent and im­mi­gra­tion, 10 per­cent. Way down at 6 per­cent is the U.S. re­la­tion­ship with Rus­sia. No­body cares about the story the main­stream me­dia is push­ing ev­ery day.

In fact, the Rus­sia re­la­tion­ship is just 2 points above “Other” and the com­bined “None of th­ese” and “Not sure.” The Rus­sia story is, in the words of one-time Obama ad­viser Van Jones, a real “noth­ing burger.”

But there’s more: “There are at least two ar­eas where Amer­i­cans say they be­lieve Trump will de­liver: Al­most two-thirds say he will make sig­nif­i­cant cuts in gov­ern­ment reg­u­la­tion, though it’s not clear whether most think that’s a good or bad thing. Like­wise, 53 per­cent be­lieve he will suc­ceed in de­port­ing mil­lions of im­mi­grants liv­ing in the U.S. il­le­gally,” the story said.

And this: “Al­most six months into Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency, Amer­i­cans are feel­ing fairly op­ti­mistic about their jobs, the strength of the U.S. econ­omy, and their own for­tunes … The lat­est Bloomberg Na­tional Poll shows 58 per­cent of Amer­i­cans be­lieve they’re mov­ing closer to re­al­iz­ing their own ca­reer and fi­nan­cial as­pi­ra­tions, tied for the high­est recorded in the poll since the ques­tion was first asked in Fe­bru­ary 2013.” High­est record. You won’t hear THAT in the MSM. So, the polls are fi­nally get­ting some­thing right: Amer­i­cans re­ally don’t like Hil­lary Clin­ton, and they’re op­ti­mistic about the fu­ture with Don­ald Trump.

That’s how he got into of­fice in the first place. Good job telling us what we al­ready knew, poll­sters. Joseph Curl has cov­ered politics for 25 years, in­clud­ing 12 years as White House cor­re­spon­dent at The Wash­ing­ton Times. He can be reached at josephcurl@gmail.com and on Twit­ter @josephcurl.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

For­mer Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton’s ap­proval rat­ing is 39 per­cent, ac­cord­ing to a Bloomberg poll. Pres­i­dent Trump’s is 41 per­cent.

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