After a long and tense investigation by the FBI into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server came to an end last week, the Clinton camp seemed to breathe a sigh of relief — they shouldn't get comfortable, however, as a new poll shows that she is now tied with Donald Trump nationally after having briefly pulled ahead in previous surveys.
Responses given to pollsters by potential voters reflect a striking picture: A general election match up in which both candidates are widely disliked, distrusted, and unsatisfying.
"Overall satisfaction with the choice of candidates is at its lowest point in two decades," Pew data indicates. "Currently, fewer than half of registered voters in both parties — 43% of Democrats and 40% of Republicans — say they are satisfied with their choices for president."
For Clinton, these last several weeks have largely been consumed by efforts to unify a party whose deep rifts were brought to the fore by the candidacy of Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, by putting forward an ambitious progressive agenda, exposed a powerful faction of the Democratic Party that is deeply committed to the status quo, and that believes in gradual change rather than radical action.
Throughout the primary process, during which Clinton was challenged in ways that were not anticipated, Sanders called attention to the former secretary of state's conflicts of interests, including her speeches to Wall Street and her super PACs, which collect large sums of corporate cash to fuel Clinton's run for the presidency.