Just a day after the release of Hillary Clinton's new memoir, “Hard Choices,” a Gallup poll finds that her favorability rating, while still high, has slipped slightly since the beginning of the year. According to the poll, 54 percent of Americans now view Clinton favorably. In February, when Gallup last asked about Clinton’s favorability, 59 percent of respondents expressed a favorable opinion of her.
This is the lowest Clinton’s favorability rating has been since August 2008. Throughout her tenure as secretary of state, Clinton’s favorability rating in Gallup polls was consistently higher than 60 percent.
The slip in Clinton’s favorability rating occurred primarily among Republicans, with 21 percent of Republicans viewing her favorably in this poll compared to 29 percent in the February poll. Clinton’s favorability also dropped 7 points since February among independents, with 49 percent of independents viewing her favorably in this most recent poll.
The poll also showed the largest gap between Bill and Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings since March 2007, with 64 percent of respondents now saying they view Bill favorably.
Not all surveys on Hillary Clinton this year have picked up the same trend. Fox News found her favorability rising 5 points between April and June, while NBC/Wall Street Journal polling gave her a 4-point lift between March and April. HuffPost Pollster's average, which incorporates all publicly available surveys, currently puts Clinton's favorability at just below 52 percent, roughly in line with her ratings since mid-2013.
The Gallup poll surveyed 1,027 adults by phone between June 5 and June 8.