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Hillary Clinton’s Favorability Quickly Dropping

Hillary Clinton’s Favorability Quickly Dropping

Numbers take a dive

One of the things the Obama team did well in 2012 was to define Mitt Romney before he could really define himself. Rather than seeing Romney as an adventurous entrepreneur who took risks to help fund companies that eventually created tens of thousands of jobs,  the Obama team was able to portray him as  an out of touch oligarch who cared about only the wealthiest of the wealthy.

Republicans are using the same tactics thus far with Hillary Clinton (allowing Super PACs and the national party do most of the work), portraying her as out of touch as well as secretive and less than honest when it comes to money she and Bill Clinton have made, her handling of her emails from when she was Secretary of State, and the shenanigans going on within the Clinton foundation.

Her avoidance of the press and refusal to answer questions, combined with all of that, is taking its toll. From Politico:

Hillary Clinton is seeing her highest unfavorability ratings in 14 years, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday.

Just 46 percent said they view the Democratic presidential front-runner favorably, compared to 50 percent who said they have an unfavorable view. In the preceding April survey, Clinton polled with 53 percent favorable, compared to 44 percent unfavorable.

There’s more bad news:

Voters are also skeptical about Clinton in other ways — they are split on whether she “inspires confidence” (49 percent say that applies to her, 50 percent do not) and on whether she “cares about people like you” (47 percent say it applies, 52 percent it does not apply).

Consistent with other polls on the issue, just 42 percent say they think the former secretary of state is “honest and trustworthy,” compared with 57 percent who say they do not.

The numbers for “cares about people like you” should be especially worrisome. That was the question Barack Obama beat Mitt Romney by a whopping 63 points (81% to 18%) despite Romney edging Obama on issues like the economy and foreign policy.

This is not the only poll showing Clinton has taken a hit. A Washington Post-ABC News poll found:

Meanwhile, Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to dominate the Democratic nomination contest. But her personal attributes continue to erode in the wake of stories about fundraising practices at the Clinton Foundation and her use of a personal e-mail server while at the State Department.

Clinton’s favorability ratings are the lowest in a Post-ABC poll since April 2008, when she was running for president the first time. Today, 41 percent of Americans say she is honest and trustworthy, compared with 52 percent who say she is not — a 22-point swing in the past year.

More:

The decline in Clinton’s ratings as a candidate who is honest and trustworthy highlights a likely vulnerability as a general-election candidate. Half of all Americans disapprove of the way she has handled questions about the Clinton Foundation, and 55 percent disapprove of how she has handled questions about her personal e-mails as secretary of state.

Meanwhile, half also disapprove of the way she has dealt with questions about the attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

Majorities see the issues of the Clinton Foundation and Benghazi as fair game in the presidential election, while almost half of Americans say the e-mail issue is a legitimate topic.

This is why Republicans need to continue to go after Hillary Clinton on this. She is perhaps the most well known person in the entire race. With 6 months to go before a lot of people forget about politics for the holidays and just before the real campaign kicks in, conservatives would be wise to continue to define Hillary as they have.

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Comments

Ahh, now I get it: Hillary is actually great, but the Republicans are making her look bad.

    Estragon in reply to Rick. | June 3, 2015 at 1:48 am

    If it were left to the media, the public wouldn’t know half of what they do. And they still aren’t getting the full story on Hillary OR Obama.

    Not A Member of Any Organized Political in reply to Rick. | June 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    When did Hillary switch to being Republican?

sjf_control | June 2, 2015 at 9:29 pm

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving “person”.

Hellary is a terrible, awful, thoroughly bad person.

The more people realize that, the better off we’ll all be.

    Estragon in reply to Ragspierre. | June 3, 2015 at 1:53 am

    She was one of a few young lawyers selected to assist the Democratic House Judiciary Committee’s Watergate investigation; the Democratic chief attorney fired her for unethical behavior. The pattern was set for life.

    It was evident in Arkansas with her shady Rose Law Firm cronies and clients, her $100,000 profit on $1000 on cattle futures, and entering a business deal with the sleazy MacDougalls, and through Bill’s tenure with illegal secrets on Hillarycare, Travelgate, Hubbell, Foster, and Kennedy cronies, Lani Guineir, etc.

    And so on. She is a corrupt being to the core and always has been.

But, but……….will the flying monkeys still have their jobs?

    Estragon in reply to Old0311. | June 3, 2015 at 1:55 am

    I’ll personally clip Head Monkey Sid Blumenthal’s wings if I can only grab those Ruby Slippers.

    And be a pal and stand by with a bucket of water, mmkay?

I hate to say it, because it’s a sad commentary on our society, but her recently portrayal on Saturday Night Live probably has a lot to do with the movement in the polls.

At this point in an election campaign, the only thing polls can really show with any accuracy is direction or momentum. And Hillary’s is down, down, down.

Apply the butter .. she’s toast

The optics of that outfit in the picture are horrible. First, it’s blue. Second, those black things on it look like, um, well, you get the picture…

After seeing that one e-mail in which Hillary made a reference to “my poor, cracked head” (or words to that effect), I’m wondering if her flunkies are keeping her away from media questions for a reason other than her b*tchy personality.

Could they be trying to shield her from questions that might expose poor memory, impaired cognitive functioning, or other signs of that rumored stroke she is said to have had a few years ago?

I love this, even though the media never really liked her and their fix is in for Marxist O’Malley. MD residents detest him for the most part but you won’t see any truths about his destructions reported.

Henry Hawkins | June 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm

A little light changes the picture of Hillary.

Empress Trudy | June 3, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Hillary will be crowned if they have to get every last Mexican in Mexico to vote for her.

Hillary has so far only set the stage with various scandals. Based on her prior campaign for president she is almost certain to commit a series of campaign gaffes. After all, started out eight years ago as the front runner and it was her nomination to lose. She lost it to an inexperienced but slick campaigner, Obama. Do we really think she will do any better this time with all the baggage now coming out? The polls have her under water already. Her approvals are sinking toward Obama’s and we know the electoral disaster he led his party to with those numbers.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Cicero. | June 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    In 2008 there was an alternative candidate willing and able to run who had already been identified as a rising Democrat rock star. At present, she faces, ahem, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Who, and Lincoln Chaffee, a former Republican and constant nut-job who lives in Canada. When you’re the only choice, you are by default the ‘inevitable’ choice. Hillary Clinton will be the Democrat nominee, based not on merit certainly, but on…. who else?

If only Hillary would choose Chaffee as her running mate she would surely get elected in a landslide.

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