Democratic Party Panic

Hillary poll problem

“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s standing is falling among Democrats, and voters view her as less decisive and inspiring than when she launched her presidential campaign just three months ago, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.”

The above quote comes from an analysis of a AP-GfK Poll that was published on July 16th.

It isn’t the only recent poll that presents bad news for the Democratic Party. A July 22nd story by The Hill states, “Democrats are seeing warning signs after a new poll showed Hillary Clinton losing three swing states and deep in negative territory on questions of character.”

In a July 17th Salon commentary, Sean Illing writes the following:

The presidential election is still sixteen months away, but this much is clear: Hillary Clinton is a vulnerable candidate.

Since announcing her candidacy in April, Clinton’s stature has steadily slipped. Things got even worse this week. We learned, first, that Bernie Sanders eclipsed Clinton in small, individual donations, which is an indicator of popular support among likely voters.

Second, and more problematic, the newest AP poll revealed significant weaknesses among Democrats on a host of issues, including trust, character, and compassion for average Americans.

These numbers are alarming heading into the general election, especially for Democrats. Bernie Sanders is running an important campaign, but it’s very difficult to see the entire party rallying around him. . .

. . . As the new AP poll shows, Clinton’s unfavorability ratings are rising among Americans overall and among Democratic voters in particular. Indeed, her positive marks have plummeted from 81% to 70% among Democrats since April. Worse, as the AP noted: “Just 39 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to nearly half who say they have a negative opinion of her.” Hard to win with numbers like that.

These numbers are consistent with another recent poll, which confirmed that Clinton’s lead over the Democratic field has shrunk considerably over the last several months. Some of this is the result of Clinton fatigue, but it’s also due to the rise of Bernie Sanders. The left wing of the party is flocking to Sanders, in part, because they don’t trust Clinton’s centrist record. . .

. . . Hillary Clinton is right about a lot of things, but foreign policy isn’t one of them. After our recent misadventures in the Middle East, this really matters. On all things foreign policy, Clinton has a habit of flopping with the political winds.

In his commentary, Illing gives up on Hillary Clinton and recommends that Al Gore be the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee.

In a July 7th commentary, Democrat journalist Juan Williams has this to say:

A recent CNN/ORC poll found that 57 percent of Americans do not consider Hillary Clinton to be honest and trustworthy. Just 42 percent said she is trustworthy.

Similarly, the latest poll from Quinnipiac University found that a majority of voters in three crucial swing states do say Mrs. Clinton is not honest and trustworthy.

In Florida, it’s 51 to 43 percent. In Ohio, it’s 53 to 40 percent. And in Pennsylvania, it’s 54 – 40 percent.

The Clinton camp is whistling past the graveyard if they think this not a festering sore of a problem for their candidate.

So, while Democrat pundits gloat about alleged weaknesses in the GOP presidential field, their own Party’s presidential front-runner is sinking as a candidate, and there is no other Democrat in the contest who is capable of defeating a GOP challenger.

If the Democratic Party can’t nominate someone who can appeal to moderate Independents (such as this writer) or even moderate Republicans, then Democratic Party panic will be the topic among the chattering classes instead of Donald Trump’s circus side show.

Then again, plenty of political moderates have no love whatsoever for the Democratic Party anyway.

Originally posted at The Moderate Voice.

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