Poll: Most Voters Don’t Think Clinton’s Nomination is Historic

Hillary Clinton.

Hillary Clinton.

According to a new poll from Morning Consult, most voters don’t believe that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Democratic nomination—the first major party presidential nomination to likely go to a woman—is “historic.”

The poll of 1,362 registered voters found that only four in 10 view her nomination as a “historic moment” for the United States. One third of the men surveyed said the achievement was historic while 42 percent of women said the same. Survey results found that more voters perceived President Barack Obama’s nomination as the first black president to be more significant than Clinton’s nomination as the first woman.

Additionally, about a third of the voters surveyed felt Clinton’s nomination had left them “frustrated.” Fifteen percent said they were proud a woman was nominated while 18 percent said they were angry about the nomination.

The survey also asked respondents if Clinton’s nomination made them proud to be an American. Twenty nine percent said it made them more proud, 22 percent said less proud and over 40 percent said it did not affect their pride.

Even so, the poll shows that Clinton’s lead in the general election over businessman Donald Trump is increasing. Thirty nine percent of voters said they back Clinton, 33 percent said they back Trump and 10 percent opted for Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson. Nineteen percent said they did not know or had no opinion. If Johnson is removed from the mix and the matchup is only Clinton/Trump, Clinton gets 42 percent of the vote while Trump gets 37 percent. Clinton’s lead in the polls is up from May 19 to 23, 2016 numbers where Clinton had 38 percent, Trump had 35 percent, Johnson had 10 percent and 17 percent were undecided.

The poll was conducted on June 8 and 9, 2016.