Only 25 percent of those surveyed in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll said Hillary Clinton is honest.
From the piece in the Wall Street Journal:
Hillary Clinton’s stature has been battered after more than a month of controversy over her fundraising and email practices, but support for her among Democrats remains strong and unshaken, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds.
In just seven weeks, a period in which Mrs. Clinton formally began her presidential campaign, the share of people with a negative view of her jumped to 42% from 36% in last month’s survey, and only a quarter of registered voters said they viewed her as honest and straightforward, down from 38% last summer.
But she remains highly regarded among Democrats, with 76% saying they viewed her favorably—a greater hold on party loyalty than any of her potential Republican rivals had in the poll taken between April 26-30.
“That is a crushingly bad number,” said Bloomberg’s John Heinemann this morning, referring to the honesty tally. “You do not get elected president with a number like that.”
Well, yes, it’s bad, but it’s not clear how much it will hurt. Nobody has ever particularly supported the Clintons because they wanted to know who chopped down the cherry tree.
On the GOP side, the poll showed Jeb Bush atop the field, but suggested strength for Rubio that Bush may lack:
In an early assessment of the still-emerging GOP field, Jeb Bush, the former Florida governor, drew the most support among GOP primary voters, with 23% naming him their top choice. But by some measures, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Mr. Bush’s onetime protégé, showed signs of broader strength. Nearly three quarters of GOP primary voters said they could see themselves supporting him, even if he wasn’t their first choice, a larger share than claimed by any rival.