On Thursday morning, a new poll by Quinnipiac University shows United States Senator Rand Paul, who officially announced his presidential campaign this week, actually leading former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in two swing states. He is outperforming other 2016 potential Republican candidates.
In Colorado, Rand Paul leads by three percentage points, 44 percent to 41 percent, when just two months ago, Quinnipiac had Clinton leading by two points. A staggering 56 percent of Colorado voters do not think she is honest and trustworthy. Clinton is also very unpopular in the Centennial State as 51 percent of voters have an unfavorable view of her, the highest of six polls since 2013. Meanwhile, Rand Paul’s has a favorability spread of 36/31 with a third of the electorate not having an opinion on him.
Rand Paul performs the best among the 2016 candidates in Colorado. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio lead Hillary Clinton by just one percentage point. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee ties her at 41 percent. Clinton has a lead on three candidates: U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush.
In Iowa, Paul leads Clinton by one percentage point, 43 percent to 42 percent. It is a significant turnaround from the last poll, conducted a month earlier, that had Clinton leading by eight percentage points. A Republican is much more likely to win Colorado as only 47 percent of Iowa voters view Hillary unfavorably and just 49 percent of voters do not see Clinton has honest and trustworthy. However, none of the other three polls conducted since 2013 had Clinton’s unfavorability rating above 41 percent.
Out of the seven Republicans, Rand Paul is the only one that leads Clinton in Iowa. Huckabee ties her while Bush is trailing by one point. Christie trails by two, the Cubans are down by three, and Walker is behind by four points.
The telephone poll of 2,803 likely voters was conducted from March 29 through April 7 and had an error margin of 3.2 percentage points in Iowa and 3.3 points in Colorado.