No Love For Hillary Among The People Who Are Supposed To Vote For Her

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Is it possible that Hillary Clinton’s star among her most ardent political supporters is on the wane?

A poll released last week by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News suggests the former First Lady and Benghazi-botching Secretary of State has lost major clout with the very demographic groups that progressives commonly take for granted: declared Democrats and young people.

The poll, which gauged the opinions of 800 people, found only 46 percent held a positive general opinion of Clinton, while 33 percent viewed her negatively. That’s a 10 percent drop since the last iteration of the same poll in April:

Overall, 46 percent registered a positive view of the ex-secretary of state, compared to 33 percent who expressed a negative opinion. As recently as April, 56 percent saw Mrs. Clinton in a positive light.

Crucially, though, Clinton’s appeal to people the mainstream press lazily associates with Democratic success appears to be fading:

The new survey shows some weakness among independents, Democrats and people between the age of 18 and 34.

In April, for example, 53% of 18-to-34-year olds had a positive image of Mrs. Clinton in the Journal’s polling. That figure fell to 38% in the new survey.

In that same period, Mrs. Clinton’s support among independents fell from 46% to 35%. Her support among Democrats fell 12 points — from 88% to 76%.

Despite the ephemeral nature of political polls, across-the board drops like those have to be indicative of something. Losing 12 percent with your party base in a six-month period is particularly problematic for a would-be candidate The Wall Street Journal deemed, in the accompanying article, as “the solid front-runner in the Democratic field” for the 2016 Presidential nomination.

Other political figures, such as Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) fared worse than Clinton in the same poll. But in every case, a significant portion of those surveyed said they simply weren’t familiar with the names of relative political newcomers like Cruz or even Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Clinton’s name, by contrast, was familiar to nearly everyone surveyed — a fact that reveals more deeply entrenched opinions cultivated over her long career hanging out in or around the halls of political power.

“Pure and simple, she’s gone from being the nonpartisan secretary of state to potentially a partisan Democratic nominee for president,” survey consultant Peter Hart told the Journal. “It’s not that voters all of the sudden have seen a new side of Hillary that has caused them to take a second look. She is no longer the non-partisan secretary of state and that brings out the partisan fangs on the part of former supporters.”

Time will tell if the latest poll indicates a real trend, or a mere blip on Clinton’s way to a supposedly inevitable coronation at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Sarah Conner

    hitlery clinton….murderess…

    • FreedomTrainUSA

      Add to that…..COMMUNIST….

      • Quester55

        Add to that, satanist !

  • Motov

    Hitlary had long ago attempted to cram health care down our throats.
    And now Obozo has done that, People are now becoming “perfectly clear” how “affordable” this ill conceived and horribly launched POS legislation is.
    I think many have started to realise just how dangerous this party of lawyers are!
    People also will remember her flippant remark about Benghazi.

  • joe1cr

    The Benghazi Assassin will never answer a 3 o’clock phone call again.
    No more stand down orders while Americans are being murdered for a Muslim brotherhood international fast and furious fiasco.

  • tinkerunique

    It almost sounds like she is pulling BIG O’s strings…. Socialized medicine + gun control + One World Order, <( when 'Unkl Billy was POTUS )

    • dan

      It’s the Big Banksters that she’s ‘well-connected’ with…capiche?

    • Debbie Hogan Tate

      Obamacare is Hillarycare rewrote!

  • dan

    Someone ..somewhere …will try throwing some water on this witch to see if she’ll melt.
    She’s making her bid for the silver (changed to ruby for technicolor) slippers.

    • steve

      In the original story the slippers were silver. Symbolizing the silver standard Lincoln used to finance civil war.

    • Cathy Hovey


    • Quester55

      Never fear, She’ll never melt, she’ll just become the same old sludge pile she was born into.
      Besides, at the rate Obama is Taking over, What makes you think that he plans to Leave office when his time is up?
      i wouldn’t put it past him to toss out those Constitutional laws governing a Presidents 8 year limit & replacing a Non-Limit to the Rule!
      With, “NO GUNS or Ammo, No Control over OUR Food, GAS, OIL, Electricity, Water, Military, Farms, Schools, Churches, Collages, Radio, News, & Needing a Pass-Port (That is also Government Controlled) to Visit our American Islands & Alaska,”, Just what will be left to call our Choice?

  • Vigilant

    Handicapping the 2016 political race for the White House, at this time, is like predicting the winner of the Preakness 50 years from now. In the world of politics, where a week is a year and three years is an eon, current polls don’t mean diddly.

    Much can happen to change political fortunes between now and then. It remains to be seen what effect the financial collapse, aided and abetted by Obamacare, will portend.

    Will the populace rightly blame the socialist policies of the administration, or will the low information voters buy into the ever increasing mendacity of the Democrats? It’s a sure thing that Obama and Co. will ratchet up the propaganda that the GOP is responsible for the whole debacle, and enough publicly “educated” fools might be sufficient to sway the election.

    Hillary will have approached the candidacy with more “baggage” of scandal and shady activities than any other candidate in history, but if a voting public can elect an unknown community organizer twice, any amount of electoral tomfoolery is possible.

  • disqus_eEbPU3IGDU

    It will be rough going for Hillary Clinton in 2016 because of 2 potential scandals. First, the NSA tapping of the telephones of foreign leaders, notably Angela Merkel. It is difficult to see how this could have happened without the knowledge and approval of the Secretary of State. Secondly, it appears as though the biological father of Chelsea Clinton is not Bill Clinton, but Webb Hubbell. Either or both of these scandals might be enough to sink Hillary Clinton in 2016.

    • Debbie Hogan Tate

      site your sources please.

      • Quester55

        Why should he, YOU NEVER DO!

    • Robert Messmer

      Who cares who the sperm donor for Chelsea was? No one in the DNP cared that Bill “I don’t know what sex is” Clinton was a draft dodger who wrote a letter stating his hatred of the American military. No one cared that he got a blowjob while on the clock in the Oval office. No one cared that he committed perjury.

    • samurai

      Keep up the good fight fellow patriot. No quarter! Let’s also not forget Benghazi and White Water. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY! 하나님하고 나라를 위해서!
      You need both love of country and faith in GOD to be a patriot.

  • rwm44

    oe thing noone remembers is her age .all you silly libs were screaming John Mccain was going to be to old ,well guess what this HAG will be the same age .that is ok for your team but not for anyone else

    • Vis Fac

      It’s called HYPOCRISY the liberals mainstay. Do as I say not as I do!!!

      To sit back hoping that someday, some way, someone will make things right is to go on feeding the wolf hoping he will eat you last – but eat you he will.

      You don’t have to be a Marine to make a difference the only requirement is being truly patriotic and the willingness to back it up!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

  • rick0857

    Hitlary is non partisan when did that happen. Have I been asleep since 1992 or what? Didn’t I see this HAG just a few short months ago SCREAM at the House Committee investigating Benghazi? Hasn’t she stuck her nose into other countries affairs all over the world and caused nothing but chaos for the four years of her stint as “Sucks at Secretary of State??”
    I mean help me out here I really did see all of those PARTISAN COMMENTS AND ACTIONS didn’t I, I wasn’t dreaming was I?

    • Quester55

      This country would be far better off if we had a AGE CUTOFF POINT for our Presidents & Vice (Court Jesters) Presidents, say age 6o?And No Younger Than 30 Years old.

      • Vigilant

        The Constitution requires the president and V.P to be at least 35 years old.

        • Quester55

          No Kidding ?!!?, DUH!!
          However as I just explained to the other Dum-Dum, I’m more concerned about those Communist over the age of 60 years. what’s so hard for you to understand that?

          • Vigilant

            You said “no younger than 30.” I said the Constitution requires minimum age of 35. I don’t give a damn what you are “more concerned about.” my comment focused on your specific remark about the lower age limit.

            “…what’s so hard for you to understand that?”

          • Quester55

            Not one Dam(N) Thing, whats So darn Hard to Understand what I’ve stated?
            If The law Starts at age 35, Great, Yet their should be a Limit of Age for those Beyond 60 Years old!

          • Vigilant

            “If The law Starts [sic] at age 35, Great, [sic] Yet [sic] their [sic] should be a Limit [sic] of Age [sic] for those Beyond [sic] 60 Years [sic] old!”

            Fine, you’re entitled to your own opinion. Try initiating a Constitutional amendment on that and see how far you’ll get.

          • Quester55

            It’s Much to hard to Insult a Foolish Lib like you, It would take a nuke to pop that ungodly ego your carrying around.

          • Vigilant

            Rather a sign of dullness in the brain when you can’t come up with something original so you rely on the insults children use.

      • rick0857

        Cutoff age of 60 huh lets see that would have knocked out Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Reagan, Eisenhower, just to name a few. And without the first two named this thing would have fell apart over 230 years ago.

        • Quester55

          Say there Dum-Dum, I was speaking of those Running NOW not in the Past, Or Can’t you read?!!
          The truth is, I wouldn’t expect you Liberal/Communist farts to be able to see the LOGIC of passing an OLD AGE LIMIT for those over 60 years, these days, As your enjoying Sticking your Heads up De Fuhrer’s Butt as you do!

          • rick0857

            You should read what you write before calling anyone a dum-dum, because you have serious spelling and grammar issues.

            As far as being a liberal/communist…well 12 years in the Army in service for your ability to make very stupid remarks like that makes me wonder if defending the rights of a$$ holes like you was worth it.

            I PROUDLY have never voted for or supported a lying POS back-stabbing democrat leftist in my LIFE.
            Maybe we should make the minimum age to be president fifty that would have spared us at least the first four years of your communist lover boy MAObama

          • Quester55

            Stick & stones little Rickey, sticks & stones!
            Guess you’s rather have me Lower myself to your standards & use FOUL 4 Letter Words?


    Now we know what you meant by “PROGRESSIVE”. Another word for COMMUNISM—and then you have been pushing to sign the UN TREATY to take our guns—thanks a lot Hillary. Tell me something, when did you start hating America? or just Americans? When you ran against Obama, I wanted you to win. I even sent $200 for your campaign. After I found out what you were doing and who you really are, I wanted my money back. I wouldn’t help you with a dime for your campaign.
    4 AMERICANS—-“WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE”? If that had been your daughter, would it had made a difference

    • Quester55

      You ask When did she start hating America, I’d Guess around the same time that She & her Classmates Traveled to Moscow, To Openly PROTEST The United States Involvement in The Vite-Nam WAR!
      An Act That by All Laws of this Country, Is Called TREASON & The Same Act they Their Folks Paid Off the Authorities to Sweep their offense under the rugs!

  • Dajeno

    I wish she’d just get on her broom and fly away.

  • Debbie Hogan Tate

    I WILL NOT vote for Hillary! I would write in a vote for my dog first! My dog is loyal to where he lives and will protect me! More than I can say for her or the “O”!! Guess who was fired from the Watergate investigation because of her “ethics” or complete disregard of them? Read this and find out!. Especially under “A Tiger Never Loses Its Stripes”! She was dishonest, underhanded and a liar even back then! I remember her well, as I am in my 60’s! No votes here! Obama and Hillary are two rotten peas in a rotting pod. Go to Capital Hill Daily and type in “What the Scandals mean for 2016”. Also at the “powerline blog” is this “hillary-clinton-culpable-for-benghazi-from-beginning-to-end”. Vote them out in 2014, vote them all out! And do not vote for Clinton unless you want more of the same thing that Obama has been dishing out! And about her concussion that she had . . sandhyajainarchive at .org and type in “was-hillary-clinton-on-a-secret-mission-to-iran”. She is just a piece of crap that Obama is backing! Doesn’t that tell you something right there!

    A 2013 congressional report showed that Clinton did indeed sign an April 2012 State Department cable acknowledging formal requests for help. So, she DID know of various cables requesting assistance in Libya for MONTHS before the attack!! Reporter Sharyl Attkisson tweeted that while Clinton knew of these requests for aid, she “ordered the withdrawal of elements to proceed as planned.”

  • Cathy Hovey

    Somewhere, either in the article itself or in someone comment, I saw the question, did she really have a concussion? I know it was reported, but after that she supposedly went into the hospital with a brain problem (no pun intended). A friend suggested that THAT was fake, just to get our attention off of the Benghazi scandal. IT was right after (or during?) her testifying to the committee (“What difference does it make now?”). And THAT sounds just like everything else that has happened during Obutthead’s time. Something always comes up to take the real problem out of the limelight.
    Now, from now until 2015(when they announce who is running in 2016), the Rupub and/or Tea Party needs to run an occasional commercial with that exact committee clip. And anything else that is actually on video. We don’t want anyone to forget the real Hillary.

  • Quester55

    Depending on who’s Coven you speak to, Hillery is nothing but a second class Witch! What, You never heard of the Hillbilly Witches Before?
    No?, Well, someone as Ugly as she, has to have some Dark side in her past!

    You Just know that She is Dirty, If her Fellow Democrats refuse to Vote for her!
    Now, Is it True that H.R.Clinton is a Witch, maybe… maybe not,

    The Last BIG mistake the Democrats was to Elect a Black Half Breed Simply because he was Passing as Black, Don’t Vote for Hillery, simply because she May or Not be a Woman!