Hillary Clinton arrives to speak to the South Carolina House Democratic Women's Caucus and the South Carolina Democratic Women's Council in Columbia, South Carolina, USA, 27 May 2015. South Carolina has an early primary election date. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Two new polls on Tuesday show Hillary Clinton's favorable rating hitting a low not seen in years. CNN/ORC has it at its lowest since 2003 (46 percent), wile the new Washington Post-ABC News poll has it at its lowest since 2008 (45 percent).

A big reason? Honesty. The Post-ABC poll shows just 41 percent think she is honest and trustworthy -- a number that has continued to fall amid her e-mail controversy and other issues. It was at 46 percent in late March. A majority of Americans (52 percent) now say she is not honest.

So why does she still lead all comers in basically every poll of the 2016 general election? Well, a lot of it has to do with empathy -- or the GOP's lack thereof.

While people generally don't see Clinton as honest, they think she's better when it comes to understanding the problems of people like them -- 49-46 percent. That's not as good for her as it once was, but it's still above water.

It's also far better than the GOP's nominal frontrunner, Jeb Bush.

 

For Bush, in fact, the numbers are reversed. While people say 45-40 percent that he's honest and trustworthy, they say 55-35 percent that he doesn't understand the problems of people like them -- a massive 20-point gap significantly larger than Clinton's honesty problem.

But it's not just Bush. It's a mirror image of what happened in 2012. Even as President Obama was leading Mitt Romney by three percentage points overall late in the race, when people were asked who understood them more, Obama led by eight.

And it's not just these four individuals either. The Post-ABC poll asked this question about either party twice in 2014. In January, people favored Democrats on this question 46-37 percent. In October, it was 48-35 percent -- double digits.

Clinton certainly comes to the 2016 race with some liabilities -- many of her own making -- but as long as she and her party are seen as more in touch with average Americans, it's going to be more difficult for the GOP to capitalize on her character flaws.

PostTV breaks down what the newest Washington Post/ABC News poll means for both Republican candidates and Democrats. (Rebecca Schatz and Julio Negron/The Washington Post)