July 13, 2016

Clinton’s Trust Deficit Hurting Her Candidacy, Down Ballot Dems

A new set of polls from Quinnipiac University spells trouble for not only Hillary Clinton, but also the down ballot Democrats who have pledged their allegiance to the scandal-plagued presumptive nominee.

Quinnipiac released poll results for battleground states Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania:

FLORIDA: Trump 42 – Clinton 39

OHIO: Clinton 41 – Trump 41

PENNSYLVANIA: Trump 43 – Clinton 41

Florida’s results reflect an 11-point swing from the previous Q-poll conducted just last month in which Clinton led by 8 points. Pollster Peter Brown has a theory for the significant drop in support for Clinton:

“While there is no definite link between Clinton’s drop in Florida and the U.S. Justice Department decision not to prosecute her for her handling of e-mails, she has lost ground to Trump on questions which measure moral standards and honesty.”

Voters were asked to compare the honesty and trustworthiness of each party’s presumptive nominee. Clinton trailed Trump by significant margins across the board:

FLORIDA: Trump 50 – Clinton 37

OHIO: Trump 47 – Clinton 37

PENNSYLVANIA: Trump 49 – Clinton 34

Clinton’s toxic public image on the issue of honesty and trust will reverberate well beyond just her race. Candidates like Patrick Murphy in Florida, Ted Strickland in Ohio, and Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania are inescapably linked to Clinton and risk their own political fortunes by refusing to condemn Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department.

The poll results shouldn’t come as a great shock. An ABC News/Washington Post poll on Monday showed that 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the FBI’s decision to not recommend charges against Clinton.