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Movement in the Republican presidential race, but one constant: Clinton remains unpopular

by | Dec 2, 2015

By Dave Andrusko

Donald TrumpToday was one of those numbers days that makes the hearts of political reporters flutter. For starters there were the latest numbers from The Quinnipiac University National Poll which showed billionaire Donald Trump maintaining his status as the frontrunner for the GOP presidential nomination and continuing upward movement for Sen. Marco Rubio (Fl.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (Tx.)

Trump leads with 27% while Sen. Rubio is now second at 17%, with Dr. Ben Carson and Sen. Cruz tied at 16%. No other Republican polled higher than 3%, with the exception of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush who garnered 5%.

“On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton widens her lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont to 60 – 30 percent, compared to 53 – 35 percent in a November 4 survey,” the press release with the poll results noted. “Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has 2 percent, with 6 percent undecided. ”

Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio

But there were other numbers that did not bode as well for the pro-abortion former Secretary of State and senator from New York. A majority (51%) had an unfavorable opinion of her, compared to 44% who said they held a favorable opinion. Likewise “American voters say 60 – 36 percent that Clinton is not honest and trustworthy.”

Add to that the intriguing article in The Hill: “Hillary Clinton’s likability problem” by Amie Parnes.

Her lead is that Clinton’s allies are confident she will win the party presidential nomination but less so about the general election next November.

“Presidential elections are often decided on personality instead of specific policies,” Parnes writes. “Along those lines, people in Clinton’s orbit are worried she doesn’t pass the would-you-like-to-have-a-beer-with-her test.”

Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz

There’s lots of to-ing and fro-ing, the gist of which is if only…If only people realized how brilliant, experienced, knowable, etc..etc., etc Mrs. Clinton is, their skepticism [more accurately distrust] would melt like snow in the spring.

Parnes go on and on about how Clinton has gone on various talk shows where–unburdened with the task of being asked tough questions–she has shown her sunnier side. But then…

In the meantime, Clinton’s likability factor is generating headlines. The Washington Post on Tuesday published a Zignal Labs word cloud that highlighted Clinton-related mentions on social media in November. The top words included “unethical,” “lies” and “corruption,” something Republicans highlighted right after its release.

Parnes ends with more uncritical praise for Clinton–generally speaking that she is so awesome that Republicans can only criticize her likeability, or lack thereof.

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

Pro-abortion Hillary Clinton

But, of course, Clinton’s vast trove of negatives is largely of her own making. Think of the use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State or the impossibility of portraying herself as “one of us” when “The grand total raised for all of their [Bill and Hillary Clinton’s] political campaigns and their family’s charitable foundation reaches at least $3 billion, according to a Washington Post investigation.”

One concluding thought. Last month we posted about “Clinton having trouble motivating coalition that elected Obama.”

Clinton and her camp can blame Republicans until the cows come home. The truth is she is not a particularly appealing candidate, even to her own party.

Categories: Politics