With her presidential campaign underwhelming and image laden with toxic flaws, Hillary Clinton will attempt to re-boot both in a dramatic speech in New York this weekend.
In a poll conducted this month by Vox Populi Polling in six key states, Clinton trails generic Republican candidate by one percentage point.
That’s hardly a resounding indictment by itself.
What’s more insightful and revealing as to her campaign’s future prospects are the responses in the poll to questions about her character and connection to the common people across the nation and not the 1% she circulates with.
Most expected her to burst out of the starting gate and leave the field far behind in a modern day landslide. It was expected she’d easily be the first woman president. Instead, she’s stumbled out of the gate, and there’s serious doubt she can right the ship before November next year.
“The fact that Hillary Clinton has such weak ballot support against a generic Republican this early shows how much trouble she is in,” said Ian Prior, communications director for the Polling company.
“The fact is, people don’t trust her, they view her as out-of-touch, and it it’s unlikely that she’s going to be able to hit the reset button on that well-deserved reputation before next November.”
In a separate poll of voters in larger states, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, Hillary trails an unnamed Republican opponent by a 47 – 42 margin.
Barack Obama won 11 of those 12 states in 2012.
Conservative Superpac American Crossroads president and CEO, Steven Law, commented, “Hillary Clinton’s biggest problems are character-based – people don’t trust her and they see her as out of touch. Unlike Barack Obama in 2008, Hillary Clinton is viewed as anything but a fresh face, but instead a self-serving politician who needs to go on “listening tours” to figure out what’s going on with ‘everyday’ Americans.”
By an 8 point margin, Poll respondents answered the generally had an unfavorable opinion of Hillary Clinton, 50-42.
When asked how well they think Hillary Clinton understands the struggles of regular Americans, 30% said she ‘Understands’ and 52% answered ‘Does not understand.’
Regarding Trust, 17% said they completely trust Hillary Clinton, while 37% said they completely distrust her.
When asked to agree or disagree with the statement: “Hillary Clinton will say or do anything in order to get elected president”… 38% strongly agreed while 21% strongly disagreed.
“Most expected her to burst out”…..”It was easily expected she’d be the first”…”Instead, she’s stumbled out of the gate” – yes, I’d say that’s good news.
It will be interesting to see what happens on Roosevelt Island this weekend – maybe she’ll finish the job by falling flat on her face.