Don’t mistake Hillary Clinton’s frontrunner position in the Democratic primary for national popularity. Recent polling shows that the ongoing media coverage of Clinton family scandals are taking a toll on the former First Lady’s national reputation.
Hillary Clinton is seeing her highest unfavorability ratings in 14 years, according to the latest CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday.
Just 46 percent said they view the Democratic presidential front-runner favorably, compared to 50 percent who said they have an unfavorable view. In the preceding April survey, Clinton polled with 53 percent favorable, compared to 44 percent unfavorable.
Despite holding a commanding lead among declared and potential Democratic opponents, the public has not viewed Clinton this unfavorably since March 2001, when the former first lady was in her third month as a New York senator. Just 44 percent said they had a favorable view of Clinton at that time, with 53 percent seeing her in an unfavorable light.
Some of the key problem categories for Hillary seem to be whether or not she “inspires confidence,” whether she “cares about people like you,” and whether she is “honest and trustworthy.”