Poll: Clinton's favorability takes a major hit

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonChelsea Clinton: We must keep fighting Ryan, Bannon strike surprising truce Five takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing MORE’s favorability is sinking further underwater, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday night.

The Democratic presidential candidate is viewed unfavorably by 48 percent of likely voters, compared with 37 percent who view her favorably.

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Her ratings are down significantly from the last NBC/Journal poll in June, when 44 percent viewed Clinton favorably versus 40 percent who viewed her unfavorably.

These numbers will certainly add to the consternation already permeating Democratic circles following a recent Quinnipiac University poll that showed Clinton’s favorability drowning in key swing states.

NBC News points out that Clinton’s favorable/unfavorable ratio, while worse than Barack ObamaBarack ObamaWhy I’m leaving the Democratic Party Obama’s shows his humanity in commuting Chelsea Manning Bipartisan group of mayors asks for immigration reform MORE’s throughout his presidency, is identical to her husband Bill ClintonBill ClintonChelsea Clinton: We must keep fighting Lanny Davis: Farewell, President Obama: Your legacy as one of the best presidents is secure Bill Clinton sends get well wishes to Bush family MORE’s score heading into the Democratic nomination in ’92.

Pollster Bill McInturff compared Clinton’s campaign to a battleship able to withstand several torpedo strikes, “but there has been a torpedo that has hit something, and there are some leaks.”

Despite her low favorability numbers, Clinton remains the clear frontrunner among the current field of Democratic presidential candidates.

According to the poll, Clinton has the support of 59 percent of likely Democratic primary voters. Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing Overnight Energy: Trump's EPA pick faces Congress | 2016 is the hottest year on record Five takeaways from Price's confirmation hearing MORE (I-Vt.) trails with 25 percent of voters, followed by former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, both with 3 percent.