Hillary Clinton's favorability drops, but she remains 'queen of the 2016 hill'

McClatchy Washington BureauMay 31, 2013 

Is Hillary Clinton fading already?

A new Quinnipiac national poll found her favorability numbersm while still ove 50 percent, have dropped. "Her score is down ubstantially from her all-time high score in February," said assistant poll director Peter Brown. "The drop in her favorability is substantial among men, Republicans and independent voters."

One reason for the drop, he said, "may be that 48 percent of voters blame her either a little or a lot for the death of the American ambassador in Benghazi,” Brown added.

Clinton still does well. The former Secretary of State leads Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky 49 – 41 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 48 – 40 percent in trial matchups for the 2016 presidential race.

And she's still ahead of Vice President Joseph Biden, who trails Bush 44 – 38 percent and Paul 43 – 39 percent.

Clinton's latest favorability/unfavorability rating is 52/40, down from February's 61/34. Favorability ratings for other possible 2016 presidential contenders are:

Biden: Negative 37 – 44 percent; Paul:Positive 32 – 24 percent, with 42 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion; Bush: 29 – 29 percent, with 42 percent who haven’t formed an opinion.

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the queen of the 2016 hill at this point, but the wide gap between her and some of the leading Republican contenders on favorability may be closing, as her overall favorability has taken a hit,” Brown said.

The poll was taken May 22-28. It surveyed 1,419 people, and margin of error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

To read more:http://www.quinnipiac.edu/institutes-and-centers/polling-institute/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=1900

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