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Hillary Clinton Favorable Rating Dips: Gallup Poll

Fomer US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by The Pacific Council on International Policy i
Fomer US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at an event hosted by The Pacific Council on International Policy in Los Angeles, California on May 8, 2013 where she accepted the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award. Clinton served as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States from 2009 until 2013, after nearly four decades in public service as an advocate, attorney, First Lady, and Senator, stepping down from her post as Secretary in February this year. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton's favorability rating is below 60 percent for the first time since 2008, according to a Gallup poll released Monday.

Fifty-eight percent of the public now views Clinton favorably, while 39 percent see her unfavorably. That's down from her 66 percent favorability in a mid-2012 Gallup poll, although still above her numbers during the 2008 primary.

"This poll shows only slight changes in the public's overall assessment of Clinton, with her unfavorable rating now marginally higher than at any time since 2008," Gallup's Andrew Dugan writes.

The drop was steeper among self-described independents: 52 percent now view Clinton favorably, down 11 points from 63 percent in April. Clinton was also down 4 points among Republicans, although her numbers rose 2 points among Democrats.

The Gallup survey is the latest of several polls to show Clinton taking a hit amid the continuing controversy on her handling of Benghazi, as well as ever-growing speculation on her plans for 2016. HuffPost Pollster, which includes all publicly available polling, shows her numbers dropping about 4 points since January.

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The Gallup poll surveyed 1,529 voters by phone between June 1 and June 4.

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