A new NBC/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll shows nothing but bad news in Iowa for the former Miss Rodham. Hillary Clinton is getting her ass handed to her by Jeb Bush (by 10 points), Donald Trump (by 7 points) and Carly Fiorina by a whopping 14 points.
But the more telling part of the poll compares ranking among the Democrats from February, 2015 to October, and Hillary’s numbers have been in free-fall.
68% of Iowa Democrats supported Hillary in February. That number steadily declined and now, in October, Hillary has 33% support with the biggest increases going to Joe Biden — a man who has yet to enter the race.
Take Joe Biden out of the mix, and Hillary’s numbers bounce up 14 points to 47% where Bernie Sanders’ numbers go up 8 points from 28% to 36%. Clearly a Biden run would harm Hillary more than it would Bernie which may be why Hillary supporters have been trying to prevent Biden from jumping into the race.
For all the focus on the “disarray” within the Republican party, don’t be fooled. I think the Democrats are pretty panicked about these poll numbers. Which may be one of the reasons the DNC has been slow-walking debates.
Despite being the presumptive “front-runner” and heir-apparent for the nomination, Hillary simply isn’t popular, likeable or even remotely exciting. No matter how many favorable appearances on Saturday Night Live she may do or how many personality “resets” her campaign tries.
Hillary was damaged goods before the start of the 2016 race. The email scandal and her own likeability problems have only made matters worse.
If Biden finally makes it official and jumps in, Hillary’s numbers will only plummet even more while Democrat voters, desperate for a viable alternative, bail on the former Miss Rodham like rats fleeing a sinking ship.
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