Politics

Clinton Struggles In The Polls But Is Still More Popular Than Republicans

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is thought to be the forerunner for the party’s nomination, but a new poll suggests she might have more obstacles to the oval office than anticipated.

According to a poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC, 42 percent of people view her favorably and the same number view her unfavorably. Over the last year, her poll numbers on "having high personal standards," "being compassionate,” and "being honest and straightforward," have dropped. Her top scores among all voters were being knowledgeable and experienced enough to handle the presidency - 51 percent viewed her favorably. Another strong suit is being effective and getting things done - 44 percent rated her positively.

Despite her poll numbers, she’s still doing better than her Republican challengers, including those who haven’t officially announced their campaign but are expected to in the near future. Jeb Bush, who hasn’t announced his run yet, led the candidate field with 23 percent of voters picking him as their first choice. Marco Rubio came in second with 18 percent.

Democratic pollster Fred Yang, who conducted this survey with Republican pollster Bill McInturff, conceded that Clinton has some issues. "But she remains a uniquely formidable candidate,” he told NBC News.

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McInturff warned that Clinton, who is facing a 20 month campaign, "historically has not worn well over a long exposure to the public.” Among Democratic voters, she remains popular with an 81 percent positive rating and a 6 percent negative rating. 

Sources: NBC News, Wall Street Journal/NBC, The Hill Image via Northern Ireland Executive/Flickr