Voters are more satisfied with Hillary Clinton at this point in the campaign than they were with her husband Bill Clinton as when he ran for president in 1992.
According to Pew Research Center, 33 percent of Democrats were satisfied with Bill Clinton as he ran for his first term as president. In a poll conducted June 15-26, Pew found 43 percent of Democrats were satisfied with Hillary Clinton.
While her voter satisfaction numbers top her husband’s, Clinton trails behind Barack Obama’s ratings during his two runs for president. She also trails approval ratings of former Vice President Al Gore and now-Secretary of State John Kerry during their runs in 2000 and 2004, respectively.
Overall, voter satisfaction with the choice of presidential candidates is at the lowest period in two decades. Republicans have even lower approval of their candidate, Donald Trump, than Democrats do of theirs, with only 40 percent satisfied with him as their choice for president.
Forty-one percent of people said it is difficult to chose between Clinton and Trump because neither would make a good president. Only 27 percent say the campaign has been “focused on important policy debates.”
Many voters also expressed that their ballot would be cast more as a vote against the opposing candidate rather than an expression of support for their choice. Fifty-five percent of Trump voters said they’d vote for the billionaire businessman because they wanted to vote against Clinton, more than the 41 percent who said their ballot would be cast because they supported Trump.
Only 11 percent said the choice between Clinton and Trump is hard because both would make a good president.