By Dave Andrusko
Given her astringent personality and her penchant for secrecy, it was only a matter of time before pro-abortion Hillary Clinton’s polling numbers began to crater.
So when does that growing sense of unease within the Democratic party begin to approach panic? If we are to take a story that appeared today in The Hill at face value, it’s now.
All the specific reasons Clinton has plunged in the polls are beyond our single-issue perspective. But collectively they tells us voters do not believe the former Secretary of State is particularly honest, much of a leader, or likely to represent change from the eight years of Barack Obama. (Remember, voters say overwhelming they want a change.)
Our last posts on Mrs. Clinton’s plunge addressed her extraordinarily low popularity numbers in Iowa and New Hampshire and a national poll that showed her unfavorables had increased to 46%. That might be said to represent deep unease for her fellow Democrats.
The supposed panic The Hill newspaper headline refers to has been stirred by Clinton’s ham-handed handling of burgeoning controversies and two more recent polls. Niall Stanage and Kevin Cirilli write
A new Franklin Pierce University poll from New Hampshire on Tuesday showed Clinton losing to [Vermont Sen. Bernie] Sanders by seven percentage points in the Granite State. Another survey from the Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP), also released Tuesday, indicated Clinton getting the worse of hypothetical match-ups with four separate Republican opponents in the swing state of Iowa, which President Obama won in both 2008 and 2012.
The consolation, so to speak, is the margins by which Clinton was losing “were within the margins of error,” Stanage and Cirilli write . “But the same cannot be said of findings indicating voter skepticism about Clinton personally.”
The PPP poll showed 52 percent of Iowans holding an unfavorable view of Clinton and only 38 percent holding a favorable view. In a Quinnipiac University poll released late last month, a clear majority of voters nationwide said they did not consider the former secretary of State honest or trustworthy — 57 percent to 37 percent. It was only the latest finding that indicated deep trouble for Clinton on that issue.
The Hill article goes down already well-worn paths–whether other Democrats jump into the race, how the “progressive” vote might fracture, and the like.
Stay tuned. A lot could happen in a very short period of time