There is an interesting finding from a Washington Post poll that is rather buried in the story: “The new survey finds 46 percent saying they voted for Clinton and 43 percent for Trump, similar to her two-point national vote margin. Asked how they would vote if the election were held today, 43 say they would support Trump and 40 percent say Clinton.” Given Trump’s dismal popularity (perhaps the least popular president in the first 100 days in office since the start of modern polling), it was a surprising result. It comes at a time when Clinton has been listing a number of reasons for her historic defeat . . . except for herself. This includes her explanation (and her supporters) that it was not Clinton but self-hating, misogynistic women who could not vote for any woman for President.
The poll still shows only a 42 percent approval rate for Trump with a chilling 53 percent disapproval.
However, the most interesting finding was that, despite that unpopularity, Clinton still remains radioactive with many voters. Before the establishment all but anointed Clinton as their candidate in the primary, polls clearly showed that the voters did not want an establishment figure so the DNC worked to guarantee the nomination to the ultimate establishment figure. However, it clearly goes deeper than that. Even against one of the most unpopular figures in history (Trump was even worse at 63 percent unfavorability), Clinton could not even maintain a majority of women with favorability ratings. I believe that voters are willing to elect a woman and I do not believe that the last election was decided by self-hating women. There was ample reason to vote against Clinton who was not just the ultimately establishment figure but was dragging a long chain of controversies stretching back to her time as the First Lady of Arkansas.
Many in the party still cannot break their self-destructive addiction to the Clintons. Hillary is back giving speeches to rally Democrats and Chelsea Clinton being clearly groomed as the next in line for the Clinton brand to the dismay of some. Even after the defeat of Hillary Clinton, many remain in denial over the fact that many, if not most, voters remain opposed to the Clintons in polls. Given the Post results, that strong dislike appears enough to even overcome the persistent unpopularity of the President Trump.