“PANTSUIT ON FIRE – 57% in new poll say Hill[ary]’s a liar — “ALL DOWN HILL – Clinton’s huge plummet in poll....” — NY POST HEADLINES, 6-3-15
“Hillary Clinton has a numbers problem....” — In Politico article, 6-2-15
Big jump in “unfavorability” along with a drop in “favorability” is another “not good” piece of news for a maybe somewhat less “inevitable” Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton
Other news outlets jump on CCN’s and ABC’s numbers to sing Cassandra’s greatest hits to Hillary and the Clinton Campaign for President in 2016
CNN’s top polling person, Jennifer Agiesta, says that “More people have an unfavorable view of Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton now than at any time since 2001, according to a new CNN/ORC poll on the 2016 race. *** 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....” (See “Poll: New speed bumps for Clinton” by Jennifer Agiesta, 6/2/15, CNN/ Polling Director
The bad news in polling for Hillary and the rest of the Clinton folks was not limited to the results from the CNN-ORC poll.
BAD NEWS NOT JUST FROM CNN — ABC’S POLLING SHOWS THE SAME NEGATIVE TRENDS FOR CLINTONAccording to a report from ABC News about in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, “.... Clinton faces challenges. She’s slipped underwater in personal favorability for the first time since her unsuccessful run for the presidency in 2008. She’s deeper in the hole for honesty and trustworthiness – down 5 points in just two months and 12 points in the last year. And Americans by 17- to 24-point margins disapprove of her handling of recent questions on her use of personal e-mail while secretary of state, her handling of the Benghazi attack in Libya and fundraising by her family’s foundation. (See “Poll: Hillary Clinton Weakens on Trustworthiness While Jeb Bush Slides Into GOP Free-For-All” by Gary Langer, 6/2/15, ABC News [http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/poll-hillary-clinton-weakens-trustworthiness-jeb-bush-slides/story?id=31454068]).
The ABC blog article went on to add this really devastating comment: “[Even though Jeb] Bush has lost ground in the contest for the GOP nomination, Clinton does less well against him in a head-to-head matchup. The gap between them has closed from 12 points to three – 47-44 percent, Clinton-Bush, among registered voters, vs. 53-41 percent two months ago.... [T]he questions facing Clinton – particularly regarding Benghazi and her foundation’s fundraising – are more apt than a hypothetical Iraq do-over to be seen as legitimate issues in the 2016 campaign. Her decline vs. Bush among registered voters, from 53 percent in March to 47 percent now, is a significant one....”
FOX NEWS AND THE NEW YORK POST, AND BREITBART WERE QUICK TO TRUMPET THE NEWS OF THE DROPPING POLLS — BUT SO DID “USA TODAY” – POLITICO – The WAPO – AND MANY OTHERSNews outlets like Fox News and the New York Post jumped all over these polling results. Just take a look at the NY Posts front page and inside page headlines about the story quoted above in my sub-headlines to this post (See “Hillary’s huge plummet in new poll” by Marisa Schultz, 6/3/15, NY Post [http://nypost.com/2015/06/03/majority-of-voters-think-hillary-clinton-is-a-liar/][The same article appeared in the NY Post’s print editions un the titles mentioned in my sub-healines above]).
My favorite coverage was in a stalwart blog on the right, Breitbart News, which said this: “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....” (See “POLL: HILLARY CLINTON PLUNGING WITH INDEPENDENTS IN POLLS” by Alex Swover, 6/2/15, Breitbart News
In addition, Alex Swover, Breitbart’s reporter on the story noted that “.... 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.”
However there was similar coverage across the spectrum of the mainstream media, such as in USA Today (See “Polls reflect troubles for Clinton and Bush” by David Jackson, 6/2/15, USA Today [http://onpolitics.usatoday.com/2015/06/02/polls-reflect-troubles-for-clinton-and-bush/]) — or the Washington Post ( See “Front-runner angst: Bush lead evaporates, Clinton favorability hits 7-year low” by By Dan Balz & Peyton M. Craighill, 6/2/15 [http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/poll-2016-republicans-tightly-bunched-clintons-image-erodes/2015/06/01/9e9c26c6-0893-11e5-9e39-0db921c47b93_story.html]) — or Politico (See “Hillary Clinton's poll numbers signal trouble ahead – Yes, it’s early, but few expected her to fall so far so fast” by Annie Karni & Gabriel Debenedetti, 6/2/15, Politico [http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/hillary-clintons-poll-numbers-signal-trouble-ahead-118567.html]).