A new poll finds likely Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton falling behind Republican presidential candidates in three critical swing states: Colorado, Iowa and Virginia.
"It isn't just one or two Republicans who are stepping up; it's virtually the entire GOP field that is running better against her,” pollster Peter Brown said in a statement cited by Reuters, referring to the time between the last swing state poll on Feb. 18.
Clinton’s leading Republican opponent is Sen. Rand Paul from Kentucky, who has a 3 percent lead on her in Colorado and a 1 percent lead in Iowa, according to the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll.
"These numbers are a boost for U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky as he formally launches his campaign," Brown said.
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Clinton leads all Republican candidates in Virginia, where 47 percent of respondents favored her over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, with the same percentage favoring Clinton over Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.
Virginia respondents were more favorable towards Paul, giving him 43 percent of votes, but Clinton still edged out in front of him with 47 percent.
Brown attributes the drop in support for Clinton to the personal email scandal that erupted earlier this year, reports Reuters. Clinton used a personal email account and server at her home while serving as secretary of state and did not release all of her emails to the House Benghazi committee as requested, Opposing Views previously reported. She said the emails that were not handed over were personal and therefore not relevant.
The poll touched upon the email scandal, asking how important the use of a personal email account issue was to their vote for president in the 2016 general election. In all three states it was close between “very important” and “not important at all” with both responses receiving between 29 and 36 percent of the votes.
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The question posed on whether Clinton having used a personal email address to conduct government business will make an individual “more likely,” “less likely” or “doesn’t make a difference,” to vote for her in the general election yielded positive results for Clinton in that 55 percent or more of respondents said it did not make a difference. Only 3 percent or less found it would make them more likely to vote for her, with 37 percent in Iowa, 39 percent in Virginia and 42 percent in Colorado saying it has made it less likely she will get their vote.
More than 50 percent of respondents in all three states said the Congressional investigation into Clinton’s use of a personal email address while conducting government business was “politically motivated.”
The poll also asked respondents whether they viewed Clinton favorably. In Colorado, 51 percent of respondents did not have a favorable opinion of her, and Iowa concurred with 47 percent. Virginia was the only polled state where Clinton was found favorable, with 48 percent.
Bush was found unfavorable in all three polled states, as was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Paul received favorable numbers in all three states but those who had not “heard enough about him” were nearly matched with those in favor of him, and against.
Walker was also found favorable in all three states but 50 percent or more of respondents answered that they did not know enough about him.
As for whether or not Clinton is trustworthy and honest, respondents from all three states found her not to be, with 56 percent in Colorado, 49 percent in Iowa and 52 percent in Virginia.
Bush was found to be honest, as was Walker.
Clinton is expected to announce her bid for the White House this month.
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