Rasmussen’s recent surveys of Likely U.S. Voters could almost be accused of going out of their way to give Hillary Clinton a bunch of unwelcome numbers. Not only do Likely Democratic Voters overwhelmingly want a “fresh face” to run for president in 2020, a plurality now believe that the once-popular Clinton did more harm than good to the party. And despite all the bad press directed at Donald Trump, among all likely voters, a plurality do not believe that the country would be better off if Hillary had won.
After learning that nearly three-quarters (73%) of likely Democratic voters don’t want anyone who already ran for president to run in 2020, Rasmussen asked specifically about Hillary’s impact on the Democratic Party. The numbers weren’t good.
While Clinton was widely popular among Democrats back in 2015, that popularity has plummeted. Now a plurality of Democrats believe Hillary has been bad for the party overall: “33% think she’s been good for their party, but 39% believe she’s been bad for it instead,” Rasmussen reports.
And the numbers are far worse among Republicans and Independents: “Seventy-two percent (72%) of Republicans and, more worrisome for Democrats, 63% of voters not affiliated with either major party feel Clinton has been bad for the party.”
Rasmussen notes that even among the one-third of Democrats who say Clinton’s been good for the party, a strong majority (62%) don’t want her to run again.
Among all Likely Voters, 58% say Clinton has been bad for Democrats, with only 22% saying she’s been good and 12% maintaining that she’s had no impact.
Clinton has also apparently lost female voters, among whom an even stronger majority than men want a new candidate for the Democrats in 2020.
Then there’s Rasmussen’s recent findings on what voters think a Clinton presidency would have meant for the country: Only 40% of all likely voters believe the country would be better off today if Clinton had defeated Trump in 2016, while 47% disagree and 13% are undecided.