Democrats are slowly but surely waking up to a very inconvenient truth: the American people just plain don’t like their frontrunner. Hillary Clinton is staring down awful favorability ratings according to two recent polls. In a Huffington Post survey and an AP poll, 55% of Americans have an unfavorable view of the former secretary of state. Her only saving grace? That voters dislike Donald Trump and Ted Cruz even more than her.
One difference, at least as far as Trump goes, is that the people who like him really like him. He has generated extraordinary enthusiasm from his sector of the electorate, and the same cannot be said for Clinton. Even in her own race, she is getting demolished in the likability category by her persistent challenger, Sen. Bernie Sanders. He has all of the enthusiasm. All of the momentum. Clinton’s winning the race, but she is certainly not generating any excitement.
“They’re pretty bad,” said Democratic strategist Brad Bannon. “The No. 1 reason that her favorability is so bad is that you have large numbers of Americans who say they don’t trust her. Voters see her as the ultimate politician, who will do or say anything to get elected.”
Yeah, that sounds about right. And that’s about the worst possible reputation to have in a year like 2016, when so many Americans are clamoring for major change in Washington. This is the year when both liberals and conservatives went to war with the establishment, and no one is more establishment than Hillary Clinton.
But let’s be clear – it’s not just about that. Clinton is singularly unlikable for reasons that have less to do with politics and more to do with basic human interaction. You watch her, and the inauthenticity comes off in waves. She always seems like she’s searching her mind for the perfect sentence that will appeal to as many voters as possible. Compare that to a guy like Trump, who often appears to be speaking off the top of his head, and the contrast is dramatic.
Then you add in the decades of scandal, the email controversy, Benghazi, and her role in creating the Syrian disaster, and it’s not too hard to figure out why Americans don’t like her.
But if she doesn’t win, the media is sure to blame it on sexism.