By Neetu Chandak
The majority of Independent voters hold no regrets over former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s loss in the 2016 election, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday.
The national telephone and online survey found 47 percent of the public did not think the country would be better off with Clinton as president. The other 40 percent believed the country would be in a better state with Clinton, while 13 percent are undecided.
Fifty-four percent of Independent voters reported the world is better off with President Donald Trump, while only 28 percent of this population disagreed. Unsurprisingly, 74 percent of Democratic voters believed the country would be better with Clinton in charge, while 79 percent of Republican voters disagreed with this sentiment.
Some explanations for voters holding no regrets include the “economy soaring” and successful handling of foreign policy issues under the Trump administration. Many also responded they were turned off by Clinton dwelling on her loss in her book, “What Happened.”
The poll comes as Trump pushes for policies to keep jobs in America, contributing to the lowest unemployment rates in 20 years. About 223,000 jobs were created in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the gap between black and white unemployment reached an all-time low since the release of the numbers in the 1970s.
Many are also pleased with Trump’s handling of foreign policy, especially in establishing peaceful relations “following his generally well-received summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un,” according to Rasmussen.
Even though the majority of the public who polled did not regret Clinton’s presidential loss, 55 percent said the country is more divided since the election, although they don’t believe Trump is accountable for the partisanship.
The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters between June 19 and 20, during Trump’s push for zero-tolerance policies toward illegal immigration. The margin of error for this survey was plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95 percent confidence level.
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