Hillary Clinton’s Poll Numbers Plummet

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    red states rule Senior Member

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    First San Fran Nan takes a hit on her approval numbers

    Then Gallup shows the Dem controlled Congress has a 22% approval rating

    Now the Red Queen takes a dive in the polls

    So, please tell me again what a great job Dems are doing.

    April 18, 2007
    Democratic Race Tightens as Views of Clinton Become More Negative
    Forty-five percent favorable rating one of lowest ever for Clinton

    by Jeffrey M. Jones


    PRINCETON, NJ -- A majority of Americans have an unfavorable image of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton's current 45% favorable rating with the American public is her third consecutive reading below 50% in the past two months, and is one of the lowest Gallup has measured for her since 1993. The recent decline in her image appears to be broad-based, as it is evident among most key subgroups. Even after her image first showed signs of decline in early March, Clinton managed to maintain a healthy lead in Gallup's trial heat of Democratic preferences for the party's 2008 presidential nomination. However, the new poll shows her lead has shrunk to just five percentage points over Barack Obama.

    Clinton Favorable Ratings on the Decline

    Clinton is no doubt a formidable candidate for president. She is the best-known candidate of either party, is widely respected by members of her own party, and has been able to raise large sums of money to fund her presidential campaign. Despite these advantages, recent Gallup polling reveals a potential weakness in her rather low likability scores among the general public. In the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted April 13-15, 2007, more Americans say they have an unfavorable (52%) than a favorable view (45%) of Clinton. Clinton's favorable rating has been below 50% in each of the last three Gallup Polls, after being consistently above that mark since June 2003. As recently as February, her favorable rating was a solid 58%.

    Gallup has only measured a lower favorable rating than the current 45% for Clinton on two other occasions: in January of 1996 (43%) and March of 2001 (44%). At the other end of the spectrum, Clinton's favorable ratings were consistently above 60% during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 1998 and 1999, including a high of 67% in December of 1999 -- just after the House voted to impeach Bill Clinton as a result of this matter.


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