Hillary Clinton drops 18 points in 18 months in Bloomberg poll

posted at 8:01 am on June 13, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

Call this a capper to Hillary Clinton’s terrible, no-good, very bad week. A new Bloomberg poll shows that America is so excited about the prospect of a Hillary candidacy in 2016 that her approval figure has dropped 18 points in as many months, from a peak of 70% when she left the State Department to just 52% now. This cannot be what Team Hillary had in mind a week ago, as she prepared her national rollout of Hard Choices and instead demonstrated that she still has no answers for her record or her ambitions:

Hillary Clinton’s popularity continues to slide as she takes on a more political posture and Republicans raise questions about the deadly 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Libya on her watch.

Fifty-two percent of Americans view the former secretary of state favorably, down from 56 percent in March and 70 percent in December 2012, according to the Bloomberg National Poll.

The decline means Clinton wouldn’t enter a possible 2016 race as a prohibitive favorite over key Republican rivals. While she still bests them in head-to-head matchups, she doesn’t have majority support against any of them.

This sounds a lot like 2006, when Hillary was a formidable candidate … as long as she didn’t actually run. In fact, that was her strategy in the 2008 cycle — to approach it as a coronation rather than a competition, and it ended up backfiring on her. One might have thought that the experience would have taught her something about campaigning; John Heileman said this week that she had vastly improved by the end of that primary fight, but too late to win. Either Hillary has forgotten those lessons, or her improvement in the spring of 2008 was an illusion.

Hillary’s not the only one getting bad news in this poll, either. Regardless of who gets the nomination, Democrats need Barack Obama to end his term on a high note for any hope of hanging onto the White House. Instead, Obama’s numbers have begun to slide like George Bush’s approval levels did at the same point in his second term. Obama gets a 43/53 on overall job approval, but that’s the highest approval level he gets:

  • Economy: 38/57
  • Health care: 38/58
  • Budget deficit: 28/63

Those are the highest priority issues for voters in the Bloomberg poll, by the way. Combining “unemployment and jobs” with “declining real income” into the economy (as the approval question gets asked), 44% of respondents choose the economy as their top priority for the country at the moment. The two big messaging topics for the White House, immigration and climate change, get 6% and 5% respectively. The “war on women” and “income inequality” don’t even appear on this list.

The generic Congressional ballot is tied up at 39/39, with 4% leaning to both parties, and was asked of a subset of likely voters. That shouldn’t cheer up Democrats, however — the generic ballot questions in media polls usually underestimates Republican strength. With Obama’s numbers cratering, expect the turnout to be in the GOP’s favor.


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Crayons
-gibbsy

cmsinaz on June 13, 2014 at 8:04 AM

a peak of 70% when she left the State Department

Should have been 20% when she left the State Department.

Mark Boabaca on June 13, 2014 at 8:05 AM

Stay on the couch
-cousin pookie

cmsinaz on June 13, 2014 at 8:06 AM

She might be a power hungry harridan but even she can see the handwriting on the wall. She isn’t going to run, she is just being the rodeo clown for the fake indian, Elizabeth Warren.

deimos on June 13, 2014 at 8:08 AM

She’s really just a bad campaigner. She’s not likeable.

rbj on June 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Heh

gophergirl on June 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM

18 pounds would help.

Fallon on June 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

She’s really just a bad campaigner. She’s not likeable.

rbj on June 13, 2014 at 8:09 AM

This. She has zero charisma.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on June 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM

She kinda, sorta, has a record to run on now. A really bad one. She is obviously a lying, unlikable, out of touch, shrew. They will run the fake Indian because she is a loony lefty with no record to defend. Hillary is poison. The more she flaps her lying gums the worse it will get for her.

DeweyWins on June 13, 2014 at 8:16 AM

Hey, she probably figured that being a cipher got Obama elected, so why couldn’t she do it too…

n0doz on June 13, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Obligatory:

She’s starting to remind me of Gary Busey.

ToddPA on June 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

As likable as she is beautiful, about 1 out of 10

txdoc on June 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Hillary again. Geez.

crankyoldlady on June 13, 2014 at 8:21 AM

What difference does it make?

forheremenaremen on June 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

To know her is to loathe her.

Naturally Curly on June 13, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Hillary Clinton is to America what Wendy Davis is to Texas…

JoeHanson on June 13, 2014 at 8:25 AM

I blame Barrack….

If it wasn’t for him…

This country would love to get a smack down on their freedoms and rights…

Electrongod on June 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Comment black hole this AM?

Mark Boabaca on June 13, 2014 at 8:27 AM

Hmm, nothing from the usual chorus of Hot Air Eeyores? Could it be us having a chance come November and 2016 to turn this place around?

Sekhmet on June 13, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Obligatory:

She’s starting to remind me of Gary Busey.

ToddPA on June 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

OK. You totally stole that from another thread.

Yes, it’s true, she is the clone of Gary Busey, post-retard.

But you did steal it.

thejackal on June 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Should have been 20% when she left the State Department.

Mark Boabaca on June 13, 2014 at 8:05 AM

She should have been looking at 10 to 20 when she left the State Department.

BigWyo on June 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

She can still get those numbers back up. Tell people she’s Black. Hey! It worked for Obama.

Alabama Infidel on June 13, 2014 at 8:38 AM

I absolutely can’t imagine America wanting to revisit a Clinton Presidency in any capacity. It’d be like a TV show that has a reunion 20 years later with a perpetually hung over Bill and a grumpy old Grandma Hillary in a flowered housecoat. I can’t see either of them waking up for the 3 a.m. phone call.

BettyRuth on June 13, 2014 at 8:42 AM

She should have been looking at 10 to 20 when she left the State Department.

BigWyo on June 13, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I stand corrected. :D

Mark Boabaca on June 13, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Her numbers are falling? Ah, Gee, Shucky-Darn!

Tinker on June 13, 2014 at 8:54 AM

ok, Vice President Biden, you’re up!

Greek Fire on June 13, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Inevitable
The more you see Hillary
The less you like her

When Hillary Clinton ran for Senate in New York, she announced extremely late in the cycle. She then went on a two month “Listening Tour”, where she sat in a chair and said absolutely nothing while hand-picked New Yorkers talked to her. Finally, with about six weeks to go, she started making speeches and actively campaigning.

In those six weeks, her polling dropped from 70% to just over 50%. If the campaign had been two weeks longer, she would have lost in a landslide to a Republican non-entity.

Her problem now is that she can’t run for President without actually appearing before the people and opening her mouth. She will start strong and finish poorly, because people just do not like or trust her, and every time she speaks, she reminds people of this simple fact.

Haiku Guy on June 13, 2014 at 9:05 AM

That vast right wing conspiracy, just got “vaster”…

right2bright on June 13, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Hard Choices – lies, or more lies?

Roy Rogers on June 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Racists and bigots…

She was married to the first black president, and she is a poor woman of common means…

So she dropped 20%…What difference does that make?

right2bright on June 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

a peak of 70% when she left the State Department

Which just shows how unbelievably uninformed, or stupid, people are. When she left the State Department, she left behind a list of dead public servants who died needlessly due to her incompetence.

70%. 50%. What difference, at this point, does it make? The point is that far too many people are unmoved by an incompetent whose failures led to the deaths of others. They still want to elect her.

xNavigator on June 13, 2014 at 9:11 AM

…instead demonstrated that she still has no answers for her record or her ambitions…

It’s not so much that she has no answers, it’s that the media isn’t letting her get away with it. Think about it; she’s been roughed up by the likes of Diane Sawyer and NPR’s Terry Gross. Not exactly a murderer’s row of reporting there. I’m actually looking forward to her interview with Bret Baier & Greta on Tues.

rcpjr on June 13, 2014 at 9:12 AM

But you did steal it.

thejackal on June 13, 2014 at 8:29 AM

Yes, guilty as charged…and my Punishment?

Seeing pics of this hag every day on this site for the next two
years..

ToddPA on June 13, 2014 at 9:16 AM

Time to come out, Cankles. Let them millenials know that you are done with sausages and are into fish tacos now, and watch all your election clips go mega viral on YouTube.

Rix on June 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM

You could have a video of Hillary running over kittens with a lawnmower, and some will still vote for her.

DesertEagle on June 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

The Hillabillies are locusts, hell-bent on destroying anything and everything in their path with regard only to their personal bottom line.

Please, lo-fo voters of what’s left of America, look up from the phone long enough to notice.

Tard on June 13, 2014 at 9:31 AM

That’s a big drop.
Is it all because of Benghazi and her role in the attack before, during and after, that is finally penetrating into the public consciousness and causing more skepticism?

lynncgb on June 13, 2014 at 9:38 AM

This sounds a lot like 2006, when Hillary was a formidable candidate … as long as she didn’t actually run.

lulz

In fact, that was her strategy in the 2008 cycle — to approach it as a coronation rather than a competition, and it ended up backfiring on her.

More lulz, reminds me of Wile E. Coyote.

She’s starting to remind me of Gary Busey.

ToddPA on June 13, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Is this a reference to a movie? If so, which one?

MisterElephant on June 13, 2014 at 9:46 AM

Bring on Warren and Moonbeam.

ceraphym on June 13, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Paper. Tiger.

I’m honestly amazed how many, on “our” side, have actually forgotten since 2008 how horrible of a candidate she is. I doubted she could win a primary in 2005 (though to counter any perceptive ability , I also predicted then that the nominee would be Joe Biden). I doubt she can win a primary now. All she’ll have is eight years more baggage and the same tendency toward shrill ranting.

Gingotts on June 13, 2014 at 10:02 AM

She is unlikable. She will not be the nominee.

ConstantineXI on June 13, 2014 at 10:07 AM

She’s inoffensive until you hear her speak.

will77jeff on June 13, 2014 at 10:16 AM

She was at 70 once?

Aside from name recognition what would cause that?

Forget knocking off 5 – 10, make it 10 – 20.

formwiz on June 13, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Every chance we get, we need to remind people that Hillary is really no different than Obama on most issues, i.e., the economy, health care, energy, and foreign policy.

She will attempt to distance herself from Obama, but she’s walking a fine line. If she tries to appear too moderate, she won’t excite democrat primary voters.

TarheelBen on June 13, 2014 at 10:43 AM

If you thought King Putt got/gets a pass from the Presstitutes in the Manure Spreading Media you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.
Watch what effort they’ll put getting Joke Biden to the Gimmedat Convention. After that the State Sponsored Media will get serious … but not about vetting Joke Biden. It’ll be worse than King Putt Part Deux.

Henry Louis Mencken must be making supersonic spinning noises.
What a pathetic joke the world of political journalism has become in this once great country. Then envy of the World no more.

Missilengr on June 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

The envy …
(friggin’ laptop keyboard)

Missilengr on June 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

What all enquiring Americans want to know is, where did all of those pictures where she looked like a doughy Ben Franklin go? You would think she’s running for office, trying to rewrite her history and polish her image.

geezerintraining on June 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

18 pounds would help.

Fallon on June 13, 2014 at 8:15 AM

…lol!…double that!

KOOLAID2 on June 13, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Barbara Olson was right about Hillary, every damning bit of it.

Whitey Ford on June 13, 2014 at 2:32 PM

Does Hillary have any substance? Or is she just a leftist feminist who thinks she is owed this job?

Frankly, I’m not sure why people are so enamored with her. Then again, I’m an outlier in this political world.

She lacks substance, integrity and consistency. Her husband could work a crowd, make people feel important. She can’t – she is all about her. Her staffer who indicated Hillary had different goals than middle class people blew it big time. The Dems claim they’re for the middle class – give me a break – they are for the elitists – themselves.

I’m not sure if I want her to run and lose or drop out for someone else to run. Elizabeth Warren, she of the high cheekbones and total inability to “prove’ her Indian roots, should be an easier candidate to defeat but w/ MSM and the Dem control of voting apparatus, I’m not sure.

We’ll see.

MN J on June 14, 2014 at 12:26 AM

…”drops 18 points”?

She opened her mouth. It happens every time. She’s always been her most popular when she doesn’t say anything and just gives the smug “I’ve got all the answers” look to the camera.

NoPain on June 14, 2014 at 9:37 AM