In the wake of a new poll that shows socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with a wide lead in New Hampshire over current Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton, Politico’s Jim VandeHei said he felt that this is largely due to voter distrust of Hillary—thanks to her growing email scandal:
If you look at the polls over the last several months, a lot of voters in a lot of important places don’t think Hillary Clinton’s honest. If you look at the front page of The New York Times, ‘Clinton inquiry weighs if aides erred in hitting send on emails to her that contained sensitive information.’ That’s all people are hearing. That’s all they’re getting from Hillary Clinton. It’s manifesting itself in these polls. I also think
VandeHei made his comments during an appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Friday.
A CNN/WMUR poll showed Clinton trailing Sanders by 46 to 30 percent, which is a drop by Clinton of 12 points, while Sanders has risen 10 points since July. Clinton and Sanders are tied at 42 percent among likely New Hampshire voters when asked which candidate was most likely to win the Democratic nomination. In July, Clinton had a 68 percent to 17 percent advantage over Sanders.
While 51 percent of those polled believe that Hillary has the best chance to win the general election, that number is down steeply from July when 67 percent felt that way. What could be even more troubling, though, is that Clinton’s net favorability is in third place, behind Sanders and Joe Biden, who isn’t officially in the race.
After eight years of the Obama administration, Americans deserve an honest and trustworthy commander-in-chief. But based on Democratic sentiments, that person isn’t Hillary Clinton.