There is no dearth of problems for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Though Clinton can boast a healthy war chest from having solicited tremendous amounts of money for speaking engagements and the reported selling of influence during her time as Secretary of State, the Clinton Campaign has a problem of a much more simple nature: people don’t like her and they definitely do not trust her.
Consistently, polls have indicated that voters rate Hillary as untrustworthy and Democrat shotcallers are rumored to be looking for a better plan (say, Joe Biden for instance…)
Already, five Obama mega donors have departed the Hillary camp in addition to Obama’s chief Florida strategist- all of whom have switched to advocating for a potential Joe Biden candidacy.
Biden may not be the first choice of Democrats, but at the rate Hillary is going, she may soon be unelectable or, with any luck, indicted by the time her name appears on a ballot. With questions having long swirled around the scandal-plagued candidate concerning her use of a private email server to conduct State Department business and to transmit classified material over the unsecured server, her lies and half-truths have revealed a deeply untruthful candidate and after 8 long years of an Obama presidency that closely resembles the level of transparency seen in the former Soviet Kremlin, voters are likely not inclined to offer Hillary the same benefit of the doubt offered to Obama.
Now, a new poll has emerged where nearly half of those polled suggest that Clinton should throw in the towel and suspend her campaign.
Is it time for Clinton to put her campaign on temporary hold?
Voters are almost evenly divided on that question: the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 46% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Clinton should suspend her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination until all of the legal questions about her use of the private e-mail server are resolved. Nearly as many (44%) disagree. Nine percent (9%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
Even one-in-four Democrats (24%) agree that the front-runner for their party’s nomination should suspend her campaign for the time being. But that compares to 73% of Republicans and 46% of voters not affiliated with either major party.
Forty-five percent (45%) of all voters – but only 18% of Democrats – now consider the national security questions raised about Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server while serving as secretary of State to be a serious scandal. Twenty-eight percent (28%) of likely voters consider the matter an embarrassing situation, while nearly as many (23%) say it’s no big deal.
At the same time, Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly moving closer to a decision whether to challenge Clinton for the Democratic nomination because of her e-mail woes. Our latest Hillary Meter shows the former first lady losing ground noticeably among voters, but Democrats weren’t overly enthusiastic about a Biden run earlier this month…
As recently as a month ago (and there have been additional questions raised since then), 54% of voters already felt Clinton’s use of a private, non-government provider for her e-mail while serving as secretary of State raises serious national security concerns.
Men believe a bit more strongly than women that Clinton should temporarily suspend her campaign. White voters are nearly twice as likely as black voters to think she should put her campaign on hold. Other minority voters tend to oppose that idea.
Middle-income voters are stronger advocates of a campaign hold than those in other income brackets.
Voters who approve of the job President Obama is doing are strongly opposed to Clinton suspending her campaign. Most voters who disapprove of the president’s job performance think she should take a break until the legal questions about the e-mail server are resolved.
Just 37% of all voters say they trust Clinton. Sixty-three percent (63%) think it’s likely some actions Clinton took as secretary of State were influenced by donations made to the Clinton Foundation. This includes 42% who say it’s Very Likely.
While it’s not surprising to see that people do not trust Clinton, it is surprising to see that nearly half want to see her go and even a quarter of Democrats agree.
For Clinton, when it rains, it pours, and the past few months have been absolutely brutal for the career politician who has achieved little but advancing her own self-interests in the past two decades.