“You’re likable enough, Hillary,” President Obama said cruelly to his opponent in the 2008 race. In 2015, it turns out Clinton may not be likable enough.

Consider the most recent AP-Gfk poll:

Just 39 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, while 49 percent have an unfavorable view, according to the new survey. In an AP-GfK poll conducted at the end of April, 46 percent had a favorable opinion and just 41 percent had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton.
The percentage of Democrats giving Clinton positive marks fell from 81 percent in April to 70 percent in the July poll, while nearly a quarter of Democrats now say they see Clinton in an unfavorable light. Positive ratings of Clinton also fell among men, from 44 percent to 34 percent. Forty-five percent of women expressed favorable views of Clinton. . . .
he poll finds that 66 percent of Americans think the word “honest” describes Clinton only slightly well or not at all well, slightly more than the 61 percent who said so in April. Four in 10 Democrats say the word only describes Clinton slightly well or not at all well.
The percentage calling Clinton at least somewhat inspiring slipped from 44 percent to 37 percent. . . . Perhaps most concerning for Clinton, just 40 percent of Americans in the new poll say the word “compassionate” describes her at least somewhat well, while 58 percent say it describes her only slightly well or less.

In an American Crossroads poll, 53 percent have an unfavorable opinion of her, and only 38 percent have a positive one. Fifty-four percent say she does not share their values, while 56 percent say they don’t trust her. Likewise, in the USA Today/Suffolk poll, her unfavorable (47 percent) outweighs her favorable (43 percent) rating. In the Huffington Post Pollster average, her unfavorable rating is almost 50 percent, while her favorable rating is 44 percent.


The more exposure she gets, the less voters like her. While she remains overwhelmingly popular with Democrats, her biggest fear would be if Vice President Joe Biden got into the race. The Monmouth poll reports:

He currently earns 13% support in the poll, similar to prior results. However, the Monmouth poll finds his support should grow if he chooses to enter the fray. An additional 12% of Democratic voters say they would be very likely to support Biden if he gets into the race and another 31% say they would be somewhat likely. Taken together with the support he currently holds in the vote choice question, about 1-in-4 voters say they would be very likely to get behind Biden, and more than half would be at least somewhat likely. Most of this new support would come at the expense of Hillary Clinton. Among those who say they would be likely to vote for Biden if he runs, 68% are currently Clinton backers, 18% are currently supporting another candidate and 14% are undecided.

She is even losing ground to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Monmouth tells us. “Hillary Clinton currently has the support of 51% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters nationwide, which is down from 57% in June and 60% in April. Bernie Sanders places a distant second at 17%, but his support has steadily grown from 12% in June and 7% in April.”

Hillary Clinton is still the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination. She would also be the weakest Democratic nominee in generations.