Hillary Clinton Faces Growing Trust Deficit

Dean Chambers

Recent polls are showing a growing percentage of Americans do not trust former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Yahoo News reports the Democratic front-runner for 2016 is viewed favorably by 39 percent of Americans, while being viewed unfavorably by 49 percents, from the latest Associated Press-GfK poll. In the same poll in April, Clinton had a 46 percent positive rating and a 41 percent negative rating.

The view of Clinton among Democrats is declining, as well. While the April AP-GfK poll showed 81 percent of Democrats having a positive view of the former Secretary of State, the latest of the same poll shows that falling to 70 percent approval among Democrats. Nearly a quarter of Democrats now have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton.

The Associated Press quoted Donald Waters, a voter from Louisville, Kentucky, as saying about Hillary, "I used to to like, but I don't trust her. Ever since she's announced her candidacy for the presidency I just haven't like the way she's handled things. She doesn't answer questions directly."

When asked in the AP-GfK poll if voters believed certain words describe Clinton well, those measures of the impression of voters of Hillary have fallen since April. While 47 percent of voters viewed Clinton as "decisive," that was down nine percent from April. Three percent fewer voters viewed her as "likeable," for which 41 percent viewed Hillary. Only 37 percent find Clinton "inspiring," which is down seven percent from April. Those viewing her as "honest" were 31 percent, down six percent from April. The poll also asked voters if they view Hillary as "competent," which 48 percent did, and "compassionate," which 40 percent did. Those two terms were not included in the April survey.

Hillary's poll numbers among Democrats are falling, Business Insider reports, because "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."

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is gaining ground on Hillary in national polls, as well. Politico reports that Hillary leads Sanders by a 51 percent to 17 percent margin in a new Monmouth University poll. Clinton polled 57 percent in June and 60 percent in April, in earlier numbers from Monmouth University polls.

Last month, a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll showed majorities of voters in Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania do not trust Hillary Clinton. The growing trust deficit the former Secretary of State faces is shown by those polls, and the most recent national polls as well.

Hillary announced her second campaign for president in April, earlier this year, as the Inquisitr reported. Clinton was the front-runner for president in 2008, and lost the race for the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama.

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