Why Are People So Down On Hillary?

I got caught up in some unexpected events this afternoon, so this will simply be a casual observation. I notice that Hillary Clinton has never been more unpopular. I’m not sure what explains it, as I would consider it normal for her numbers to improve as people see Donald Trump in action as our president.

Fox News’s Brooke Singman attributes it to dings Clinton has taken from Donna Brazile, ongoing criticism from Bernie supporters and recent revelations that her campaign had a contract with Fusion GPS for the opposition research provided, in part, by the Steele Dossier. None of those explanations sound convincing to me. On the other hand, I have no alternative explanations for why she and Trump have almost identical approve/disapprove numbers.

You’d think Clinton would get some sympathy for the way the Russians went after her campaign, but it seems like people are growing more angry with her for failing. Maybe they just didn’t like her book, or they’re just angry about the choices they had in the last election and are taking it out on each former candidate equally.

It’s still strange to me. A 61 percent unfavorable number is awfully high for a person who lost the election with a popular vote majority and isn’t directly responsible for any of the nonsense we’re seeing in Washington, D.C., right now.

Do you have any theories of your own?

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Martin Longman

Martin Longman is the web editor for the Washington Monthly. See all his writing at ProgressPond.com