Former President Bill Clinton applauds as his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks in New York, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, where she conceded her defeat to Republican Donald Trump after the hard-fought presidential election. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

New Bloomberg Poll: How Does Trump’s Popularity Compare to Hillary Clinton’s Today?

We’re eight months past the 2016 election and the question of popularity between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is moot.

I mean, sure, Clinton won the popular vote, but it’s the Electoral College vote that matters, and Trump won that, handily.

A recent Bloomberg News survey sought to tackle the question of popularity between the two former presidential competitors, now that there has been some time for emotions to settle and citizens to really consider the question, without the fog of competition.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of Clinton, compared to a slightly lower majority — 55 percent — who have an unfavorable view of Trump.

Math is my major weakness, but it would appear there is also a chunk who think both suck.

Because Clinton didn’t just go away, she may have irked even some of her initial support during the election.

The poll also finds more than one-fifth of those who voted for Clinton in the 2016 presidential race have an unfavorable view of her. In the last Bloomberg poll before the election, just 8 percent of likely Clinton voters reported having an unfavorable view of the former 2016 Democratic nominee.

“There’s growing discontent with Hillary Clinton even as she has largely stayed out of the spotlight,” said pollster J. Ann Selzer, who oversaw the survey. “It’s not a pox on the Democratic house because numbers for other Democrats are good.”

Yeah, not “largely” enough, J. Ann. Good ‘ol Hill has grated on a few nerves. Obviously.

The Bloomberg survey went on to point out that 6 percent of Trump’s 2016 voters have changed their opinion of him in the last few months.

That doesn’t come as a surprise to those of us who stand on the outside and view both similarly. Trump’s loyalists have refused to budge, while Clinton’s base have begrudgingly began to focus elsewhere.

The poll was conducted between July 8 and July 12, with 1,001 adult respondents. It has a 3.1 margin of error.

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