Naturally, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is a frequent topic for us at this site. And if you’ve been keeping up with us here, you know that while we’re not fans of her political leanings (whatever flavor she may be touting at the moment for political positioning), we’re even LESS keen on her flimsy character. In fact, if you ask me, her character alone should singularly disqualify her from being president.
So it’s been concerning, to say the least, to see Mrs. Clinton’s continued high poll numbers — despite wide acknowledgement of her lies, coverups and shunning of the rules the rest of us live by.
That’s why this morning’s release of a fresh poll was cause for encouragement.
As My Way reports just 39% of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton — an eight-point increase in her unfavorable rating since end of April.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
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.
And here’s the best part (emphasis below mine):
“I used to like her, but I don’t trust her,” said Donald Walters of Louisville, Kentucky. “Ever since she’s announced her candidacy for the presidency I just haven’t liked the way she’s handled things. She doesn’t answer questions directly.”
At least part of Clinton’s decline may be due to questions about her character, a topic Republicans have been trying to make central to the 2016 campaign. In ads, stump speeches and online videos, they paint her as a creature of Washington who flouts the rules to get ahead.
Could it be that, finally, Americans have seen enough proof of Mrs. Clinton’s sham of a character that they are reconsidering her?
While Clinton has spent decades in the public eye, she’s focused in recent months on creating a more relatable — and empathetic — image. In public events, she frequently talks about her new granddaughter, Charlotte, and references her early career as a legal advocate for impoverished children.
The survey suggests that voters aren’t sold on her reinvention: Only 4 in 10 voters say they view Clinton as “compassionate.” Just 3 in 10 said the word “honest” described her either very or somewhat well.
I don’t know about you, but I’d say “honest” is one of the top traits I want in the leader of my country — heck, in ANYONE. When did we become so accepting of lying as standard operating procedure that so many shady statements and dealings are just accepted as par for the course?
Stephanie Bergholdo, a Democratic voter from Oak Park, California, says she finds Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren far more sincere in their liberal views — though she’s likely to vote for Clinton should she become the party’s nominee.
Sadly, it seems that many Democrats would still prefer a candidate with no character to one who has an “R” next to their name.