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Monday, October 24, 2016

A set of polls out this week shows a fascinating trend: A great number of voters do not trust Hillary Clinton — but she’s still running ahead of the Republicans.

Thus, some key middle ground of respondents simultaneously don’t like Clinton, but would still vote for her in 2016 after looking at the alternatives.

The polls also provide some insight into the very wide Republican field — and specifically the race-within-the-race for the candidates to get into the crucial top 10 threshold to be admitted into the upcoming cable TV debates.

The CNN poll released this week shows that only 42 percent of Americans say that Clinton is “honest and trustworthy,” compared to 57 percent who disagree with that description being applied to her. Also, Clinton’s personal rating is just 46 percent favorable, against 50 percent who view her unfavorably.

But at the same time, Clinton still leads all the potential Republican opponents that were tested against her in this poll:

  • Clinton 51 percent, Jeb Bush 43 percent
  • Clinton 49 percent, Marco Rubio 46 percent
  • Clinton 48 percent, Rand Paul 47 percent
  • Clinton 49 percent, Scott Walker 46 percent
  • Clinton 52 percent, Ted Cruz 43 percent

For the Republican primary, Marco Rubio was in first at 14 percent, followed by Jeb Bush with 13 percent, Mike Huckabee 10, Scott Walker 10, Ted Cruz 8, Rand Paul 8, Ben Carson 7, Rick Perry 5, Chris Christie 4, George Pataki 3, Donald Trump 3, Rick Santorum 2, Carly Fiorina 1, Lindsey Graham 1, Bobby Jindal 1, and John Kasich 1.

And on the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton dominated the pack with 60 percent, followed way behind by Joe Biden with 14 percent, Bernie Sanders 10, Jim Webb 2, Martin O’Malley 1, and Lincoln Chafee with less than 1 percent.

The ABC/Washington Post poll similarly found that 41 percent of American adults say that Clinton is trustworthy, against 52 percent who say she is not, a personal rating of 45 percent favorable to 49 percent unfavorable. However, in the one potential general election match-up tested in this poll, Clinton still led Jeb Bush, by a margin of 49 percent to 41 percent among the general population, and by 47 percent to 44 percent among a narrower pool of registered voters.

Among Republican voters, Jeb Bush led the field with 13 percent, then Rand Paul at 11 percent, Scott Walker 11, Mike Huckabee 9, Marco Rubio 9, Ben Carson 7, Ted Cruz 7, Chris Christie 5, Donald Trump 5, John Kasich 3, Rick Santorum 3, Carly Fiorina 2, Rick Perry 2, Lindsey Graham 1, Bobby Jindal 1, and George Pataki 1.

And for Democrats, Hillary Clinton led with 63 percent, followed by Joe Biden at 14 percent, Bernie Sanders 9, Martin O’Malley 2, Jim Webb 2, and Lincoln Chafee 1.

And Fox News asked this rather interesting question regarding Clinton: “How concerned are you about allegations of Hillary Clinton’s dishonesty and unethical behavior?” The result was that only a total of 31 percent said they were somewhat or very concerned, against 68 percent who were either not very concerned — or not concerned at all.

In the Republican primaries, Jeb Bush and Scott Walker are tied at 12 percent each, then Ben Carson at 11 percent, Rand Paul 9, Ted Cruz 8, Marco Rubio 7, Mike Huckabee 6, Chris Christie 5, Rick Perry 4, Donald Trump 4, Carly Fiorina 2, Lindsey Graham 2, John Kasich 2, George Pataki 2, Rick Santorum 2, and Bobby Jindal 1. (Whew!)

For Democrats, Clinton led with 57 percent, then Bernie Sanders at just 11 percent, Joe Biden 8, Elizabeth Warren 7, Martin O’Malley 4, Jim Webb 2, Lincoln Chafee 1, and Andrew Cuomo 1.

Photo: Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addresses the press after attending the annual Women’s Empowerment Principles event at UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. (Niu Xiaolei/Xinhua/Sipa USA/TNS)

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    Hey Mike! Where are you? I would expect the main anti Hillary troll to comment.

  • bcarreiro

    Hillary, you need to show how serious you are about becoming a president specially a woman president. What is your long term goal for this country on foreign policy as well as domestic? We need to address this congress that if individuals had no affliation where would their heart truly be ……love for this country or just a dollar old bill.

  • Dominick Vila

    Reaching conclusions at this early stage of the 2016 campaign is risky, to say the least. There is no question that the robust GOP misinformation campaign, the libelous claims they make, and Hillary’s reluctance to address those issues publicly has taken a toll on her credibility. However, suggesting that her 42% is better than the average 10% approval rating for most of the Republicans running for President is, as a minimum, misleading. A more realistic assessment can and will be made when the field is narrowed to two or three candidates for each of the two political parties, and after they have all made their political platforms public.

  • Kurt CPI

    Anyone who trusts any career politician is living in Neverland. But even that doesn’t take away from the comical republican contest. Last year the buzz was all about the divided democratic party. Who’s divided now?

  • Louis Allen

    112% of Democrat voters find HiLIARry “trustworthy”.
    The Dems selecting her constitutes suicidal tendencies on their part.
    As if I cared.

    • JPHALL

      You are so funny! Not! She beats all the Trepukes running plus a few who are holding back. An even sadder slate of choices for American voters.

      • Louis Allen

        JPHALL, empty skull:
        Yeah, she beats Hitler and she beats Stalin, if they decide to run.

        • JPHALL

          GET REAL FOR A CHANGE. WHO ON THE TREPUKE SIDE HAS ANY LEGS IN THIS RACE? THEY ARE ALL A BUNCH OF EMPTY SUITS. Subject: Re: Comment on This Week In Polls: Hillary Viewed Unfavorably — But Better Than GOPers

          • Louis Allen

            YOU get real, JP.
            Hi LIAR y is the “empty suit” here.
            She has more skeletons in her closet(s) than the Leningrad cemetery!
            And contrary to what happened to Obama, who was never vetted by our mainscream press, and who was unconditionally accepted by you leftist/liberal simpletons, she WILL be confronted with (almost) all those skeletons.
            She is completely DEVOID of morals. She will say ANYTHING to get elected. She WON’T get elected.

          • JPHALL

            You idiots have been confronting the Clintons for twenty plus years. All you have ever proven was that Bill heated on his wife. Big f”ing deal. Like I said get real. Stop repeating the nonsense you heard on Faux News cable. Subject: Re: Comment on This Week In Polls: Hillary Viewed Unfavorably — But Better Than GOPers

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    Only the most narcissistic sociopaths mistrust Hillary. But, to them, she is only the tip of the iceberg. If you counted the army of people these lunatic fringe don’t trust, you see the one they trust the least is themselves. It’s why their are always so hateful.

    The reality is that Hillary is so feared by the Koch billionaires, Karl Rove and Adelson, that they are willing to blow their entire fortunes to make sure they pay for the president they and only they want.

    I’m not fooled by these so called GET HILLARY guys. In the deepest recesses of their petty little brains, they are little boys scared of a five foot four inch woman who won’t stand down to any bully, least of all the GOP bullies.

  • Eleanore Whitaker

    What issue precisely SHOULD Hillary address? Benghazi? The GOP brought out an army of their own witnesses in this investigation which is already costing taxpayers in excess of what WhiteWater did. Then, the little bitchy boys like Issa and Gowdy, interrupted their own witnesses testimony rather than allow truth to be heard. But, let’s demand truth from Hillary right? When the GOP won’t allow it from their own witnesses?

    The GOP doesn’t want Hillary to address issues. They are looking for gnat dung in the Sahara, anything, anything, anything to get rid of the only threat to their domination.