A new poll released Thursday by the Associated Press and GfK Public Affairs has some bad news for Democrat presidential front runner Hillary Clinton: Democrats are losing faith in the once deemed 2016 heiress.
The survey offers a series of warning signs for the leading Democratic candidate. Most troubling, perhaps, for her prospects are questions about her compassion for average Americans, a quality that fueled President Barack Obama’s two White House victories.
Just 39 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to nearly half who say they have a negative opinion of her. That’s an eight-point increase in her unfavorable rating from an AP-GfK poll conducted at the end of April.
The drop in Clinton’s numbers extends into the Democratic Party. Seven in 10 Democrats gave Clinton positive marks, an 11-point drop from the April survey. Nearly a quarter of Democrats now say they see Clinton in an unfavorable light.
While the majority of people believe that the former Secretary of State is an intelligent, competent woman, a mere 31 percent view Clinton as “honest.” This is a continuing theme for Mrs. Clinton. Several polls have been released since Clinton joined the 2016 race for the White House in April confirming that the vast majority of the American public view Clinton as “dishonest” and “untrustworthy.”
When Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders joined the Democratic primary a few weeks after Clinton tossed her hat in the ring, most people discounted the self-described socialist and didn’t expect him to affect Hillary Clinton’s ascension to the Democratic nomination. In recent weeks, however, Sanders has developed into a credible threat, attracting larger-than-life attendance at campaign events and increasing his numbers in national polls.
It appears that her campaign strategy to isolate the press, ignore the public, and focus on her own personal agenda isn’t panning out too well.