- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 16, 2015

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s favorable rating has declined by 7 points in April to 39 percent and only about three in 10 Americans see her as honest, a new poll said.

Nearly half said they have a negative opinion of her, according to the AP-GfK survey released Thursday.

Seven in 10 Democrats gave Mrs. Clinton positive marks — still an 11-point drop from April. Nearly a quarter of Democrats said they see Mrs. Clinton in a positive light.

Overall, 31 percent said the word “honest” describes Mrs. Clinton well, a 6-point drop from April, and 37 percent said “inspiring” described her well — a 7-point drop.

Four in 10 said they see Mrs. Clinton as “compassionate,” and the percentage of voters saying Mrs. Clinton is at least somewhat decisive fell from 56 percent in April to 47 percent. Forty-eight percent said the word “competent” described her well, and 41 percent said the same for “likable.”

A Washington Post-ABC poll released this week did show Mrs. Clinton’s favorable ratings improve to a 52 percent/45 percent favorable/unfavorable split, compared to a 45 percent/49 percent split in May.

The AP also said nearly all the Republican candidates surveyed in the AP-GfK poll shared her underwater approval rating, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush seeing his unfavorable rating rise to 44 percent from 36 percent in April.

The AP-GfK poll of 1,004 adults was conducted online from Thursday to Mondayand has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.4 percentage points among all respondents, who were first chosen randomly by phone or mail survey methods and later interviewed online.

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