Poll: Hillary Clinton Plunging With Independents in Polls

Support for Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is tanking, as more and more independents along with people from her own party are finding Clinton to be untrustworthy, according to both a CNN/ORC poll and Washington Post–ABC News poll.

The CNN/ORC survey finds more people view Clinton unfavorably than at any point since 2001.

“While Clinton remains strikingly dominant in the Democratic field, the poll shows that her numbers have dropped significantly across several key indicators since she launched her campaign in April,” the news network reports.

In March, only 47 percent of people said they thought Clinton was dishonest and untrustworthy, but now that is up to 57 percent, according to the new poll. Less than half of those surveyed said they think Clinton cares about them.

“Much of Clinton’s fade is attributable to shifts among independents, but she’s also losing some ground among her own partisans,” noted CNN. “Her support in the Democratic nomination contest has dropped 9 points since April, and though more than 8-in-10 Democrats said they thought she was honest and trustworthy earlier this year; now, just 73% say so.”

Although Clinton is still the leading Democrat candidate, she has lost her lead in match ups against top Republican candidates. “In general election match-ups, Clinton now runs about even with Rand Paul, Scott Walker and Marco Rubio, while she continues to top Bush and Ted Cruz by a significant margin,” CNN reported.

One surprising result from the poll shows that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has somewhat successfully separated himself from his brother’s presidency. Only about half of the people surveyed said they think he is “a lot like his brother,” but 56 percent say his connection to two former presidents would make them unlikely to vote for Bush.

Clinton’s falling support cited in the CNN/ORC poll is echoed in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The Washington Post reported Clinton’s “personal attributes continue to erode in the wake of stories abut fundraising practices at the Clinton Foundation and her use of a personal e-mail server while at the State Department.”

According to the Washington Post-ABC News poll, Clinton’s favorability rating is the lowest it’s been since she ran for president the first time in 2008.

“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,” noted the Post.

The Post-ABC News poll shows Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) as the top Republican candidates.

In contrast, the CNN/ORC poll did not find a clear Republican frontrunner.

“The group of seven that have come to dominate most polling on the race hold the top of the charts in this poll, Sen. Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush leading the pack with Mike Huckabee, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Sen. Ted Cruz, Ben Carson and Sen. Rand Paul all in the hunt,” reported CNN.

Although Clinton became an official candidate in early April, she is holding an official rally and formal announcement in New York next week.

ABC affiliate WMUR, reported a campaign official said Clinton plans to “lay out her view of the challenges facing this country and her vision and ideas for moving the country forward.”


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