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Election 2016
Clinton, Trump Favorable Ratings Remain Deflated
Election 2016

Clinton, Trump Favorable Ratings Remain Deflated

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Story Highlights

  • At 38%, Clinton's favorable rating is one point from her record low
  • Trump's favorable rating is worse, at 34%, but still above his low
  • Blacks' views of Clinton have slipped since pre-convention period

PRINCETON, N.J. -- After sinking in August from their convention highs, the favorable ratings for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton show little to no positive momentum as the campaign passes the symbolic Labor Day milestone. Clinton's current 38% favorable rating essentially ties her personal low of 37%, first reached during the GOP convention. Trump's latest rating, at 34%, is just a bit better than where he stood at the close of the Democratic convention (33%).


Today's low favorable ratings for the major party candidates mean that their unfavorable ratings are correspondingly high: 58% for Clinton and 62% for Trump. Clinton's unfavorable rating matches her campaign high, recorded during the Republican convention. Trump's is slightly below his record high, 66%, last reached in April during the competitive phase of the Republican primaries.

These trends are based on seven-day rolling averages of Gallup Daily tracking interviews with U.S. adults. The latest figures are based on interviews conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2016.

Both candidates' images changed slightly during the convention period in the second half of July, showing improvements during their own party's convention and declines during the other. But those changes proved fleeting, and neither candidate is much better off today than before the party conventions.

The following charts detail each candidate's key subgroup ratings in the first half of July, prior to the back-to-back conventions, and in the most recent seven-day tracking period of Aug. 31-Sept. 6.

Clinton's overall favorable rating is the same, at 38%. Her current ratings among men and women, all age groups, and all party groups are within a few percentage points of their pre-convention levels.

The notable exception to her subgroup stability is her favorable rating among blacks, which, at 63%, is seven points below where it stood in the first half of July. It is also her lowest weekly favorable rating among blacks this year, after occasionally dipping to as low as 65%.

Hillary Clinton Favorable Ratings
Pre-convention period compared with most recent weekly averages
  July 1-17 Aug. 31-Sept. 6 Change
  % % (pct. pts.)
U.S. adults 38 38 0
Men 34 32 -2
Women 43 43 0
18 to 29 34 33 -1
30 to 49 39 40 +1
50 to 64 41 38 -3
65+ 39 39 0
Non-Hispanic whites 28 29 +1
Non-Hispanic blacks 70 63 -7
Hispanics 59 56 -3
Republicans 7 6 -1
Independents 30 30 0
Democrats 77 79 +2
Gallup Daily tracking


Trump Still at Square One With Key Demographic Groups

Trump's current 34% rating among national adults is just slightly better than his average 32% rating in the first half of July -- the same as his average since January. At the same time, like Clinton's, most of Trump's subgroup ratings are remarkably similar to where they were before the start of the conventions -- most within two points of his July 1-17 scores. The one notable change is a five-point increase in his rating among Republicans, which helps account for his two-point overall increase in favorability between the two periods.

Donald Trump Favorable Ratings
Pre-convention period compared with most recent weekly averages
  July 1-17 Aug. 31-Sept. 6 Change
  % % (pct. pts.)
U.S. adults 32 34 +2
Men 37 39 +2
Women 27 28 +1
18 to 29 18 18 0
30 to 49 29 31 +2
50 to 64 39 43 +4
65+ 42 44 +2
Non-Hispanic whites 41 44 +3
Non-Hispanic blacks 7 8 +1
Hispanics 14 12 -2
Republicans 69 74 +5
Independents 28 27 -1
Democrats 7 6 -1
Gallup Daily tracking


Bottom Line

As noted previously on, the slight boost the conventions provided to the candidates' national images -- pushing Clinton's favorable rating to 43% and Trump's to 38% -- were short-lived, and neither has since picked up as the calendar moves past Labor Day. Clinton remains near her record-low favorability, with the added concern that her favorability is slumping among blacks. Trump's 34% favorable rating is better than his 2016 low of 27%, recorded in April, but remains near the 32% to 34% range seen throughout August and still lags Clinton's current rating.

Rather than offering a sign that voters are finally warming up to one candidate or the other, the latest ratings underscore the historic nature of this year's election as one featuring the two most unpopular nominees since the advent of scientific polls.

Historical data are available in Gallup Analytics.

Survey Methods

The results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2016, on the Gallup Daily tracking survey, with a random sample of 3,561 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. For results based on the total sample of national adults, the margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Results based on subgroups are associated with higher margins of error. All reported margins of sampling error include computed design effects for weighting.

Each sample of national adults includes a minimum quota of 60% cellphone respondents and 40% landline respondents, with additional minimum quotas by time zone within region. Landline and cellular telephone numbers are selected using random-digit-dial methods.

Learn more about how Gallup Daily tracking works.

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