US: New polls bring more bad news for Hillary Clinton

  • Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 12:34 IST
File photo of Democrat Hillary Clinton, speaking during a press conference at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa. A new tranche of 7,000 additional pages of emails from the former US secretary of state's private server were released on August 31. (Reuters Photo)

And it just keeps getting worse for Hillary Clinton.

After shown trailing the Republican frontrunner, Donald Trump, in some polls, she is now trailing him and Jeb Bush both in a hypothetical match-up in Iowa, an early primary state.

Even more galling for her is a poll showing party rival Bernie Sanders vaulting ahead of her in New Hampshire, another early primary state, after wiping off a double-digit deficit.

These are early days yet for the 2016 presidential election, but Clinton’s steady decline in polls has captivated pundits and thrown up the Democratic race that was once in her bag.

Unlike the Republican field of 17 candidates, the Democrats have only six, including Clinton, whose prohibitive presence in the race is understood to have dissuaded others.

Vice-President Joe Biden may yet jump in. He is expected to announce a decision either any time this month. And Clinton’s plummeting numbers may be a factor.

Biden remains popular in the party, and his personal popularity—measured as favorability/unfavorability—remains higher than Clinton’s.

In Iowa, Biden’s favorability/unfavorability is 74/17 among Democrats and 42/44 among all registered voters, according to an NBC-Marist poll. Clinton’s, by comparison, is 67/27 among Democrats and 32/61 among all registered voters.

She is now struggling with a serious trust issue. When asked in a recent interview about being associated with the word “liar”, she said, “It certainly doesn’t make me feel good”.

“Dishonest” was the other word respondents — from both parties — polled in August by Quinnipiac University said they associated with the Democratic frontrunner.

She could well bounce back, pundits and observers have said. And her party is not giving up on her yet — she continues to pick up important endorsements from leaders and senators.

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