One of the most interesting (maybe the only interesting) part of last night’s Democratic candidate “town hall” forum was when a young questioner said his friends think Hillary is dishonest.

Hillary’s answer is irrelevant.

Media spin that this shows her strength of durability is nonsense.

The questioner reflected a growing public perception that Hillary is corrupt and dishonest, as reflected in this word cloud based on Quinnipiac word-association polling in August 2015. The three most common words used to describe Clinton? “Liar,” “dishonest,” and “untrustworthy.”

Poll Word Cloud Association Hillary Quinnipiac 8-27-2015

And another word cloud from early December 2015 based on social media usage, in which “unethical” was the top word:

Hillary Word Cloud Social Media WaPo Dec 1 2015

For Hillary, it’s drip, drip, drip when it comes to public perception.

How that translates into votes remains to be seen. If Hillary is the nominee, Democrats will vote for her even if they know she’s dishonest, corrupt and unethical. But will independent voters?


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