Friday, November 1, 2013

Clinton's approval drops among key demographics

It's two and a half years out from the 2016 Presidential primary, but that won't stop polling firms from tracking approval/disapproval ratings. This one caught my eye mainly due to the the key demographic that happen to be turning away from the heir-apparent/shoo-in for the Democratic candidate for President.
Hillary Clinton’s public image has slumped in recent months, with younger voters, Democrats and independents taking a less enthusiastic view of her, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows.

Overall, 46% registered a positive view of the ex-secretary of state, compared to 33% who expressed a negative opinion. As recently as April, 56% saw Mrs. Clinton in a positive light.


While this is extremely early in the process, I think it bodes well for the future. I want a primary where one can vote for the candidate you prefer, rather than just accepting an annointed leader because you have no choice in who gets the nod.

The candidate with the most support from party members should win, and not someone with a mantle of inevitability. If Hillary is the best of the lot, then she'll win the primary. If not, the party get someone that their members support.

As long as there is competition and a chance for party members to choose candidates, I'll be happy with the result.

Sources:
http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/10/31/hillary-clintons-ratings-slip-in-new-poll/
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/octpoll.pdf

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