Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers keep dropping

October 31, 2013
Hillary Rodham Clinton will join with environmentalists to press for an end to elephant poaching (Credit: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
Hillary Rodham Clinton  (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

As Hillary Clinton looks toward a potential 2016 presidential campaign, her personal image is eroding.

A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows the number of people who have a positive view of Clinton has dropped from a high of 58 percent in December to 46 percent today.

The 22 percent who have a "very positive" view of Clinton is lower than any time since the 2008 presidential campaign, and the 21 percent who have a "very negative" view of her is higher than at any point since then.

Clinton is still viewed more favorably than unfavorably. Just 31 percent have a negative view of her.

The poll is not the first to show Clinton's image falling after stepping down as secretary of state. While in that job, polls showed as many as two-thirds of Americans approved of the once-polarizing first lady and former New York senator -- well more than at any point in her time in public life.

The NBC/WSJ poll also showed President Obama's approval rating hitting a new low of 42 percent.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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