Former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton will be announcing her bid as the next president of the United States on Sunday, the Daily News reported, citing people familiar with the plans. The news comes as Clinton’s overall favorability dropped in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia according to the latest polls conducted by Quinnipiac University.
Hillary Clinton To Announce Bid on Sunday
According to unnamed sources who have spoken with the Daily News, Clinton is all set to announce her bid on Sunday, April 12. As previously reported by Morning News USA, Clinton is expected to make the announcement via video and social media channels. Clinton is also said to be focusing more on small campaign events, making each activity as low-key as possible.
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Waning Overall Favorability
Overall favorability of Clinton is waning in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, to the advantage of presidential candidate Rand Paul. Voters in each state now view Clinton as dishonest and trustworthy, according to Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released on April 9. Negative reaction toward Clinton was brought about by her controversial use of private email while conducting office as secretary of state.
In Colorado, Clinton trails behind Paul with 41 percent, the latter with 44 percent. Fifty-six to 38 percent of Colorado voters said Clinton is not honest and trustworthy. Fifty-one percent of those polled took the email controversy as a “very important” and “somewhat important” requisite in voting for Clinton. Only 49 percent said that the controversy was “not so important” or “not important at all.”
Forty-two percent of voters are likely to vote for Clinton because of the email controversy, while 55 percent say the issue will not affect their votes. Thirty-four percent of those who were polled said Clinton has defended herself effectively regarding the issue while 57 percent say there are more important questions remained unanswered. Fifty-one percent believed that if Congressional investigation on the issue takes place, it will be politically motivated.
Iowa voters think of Clinton the same way, the poll has found. However, only 37 percent of them said they are less likely to vote for Clinton because of the controversy while 58 percent say it will make no difference in their votes. Thirty-four percent of Iowa voters were satisfied on how Clinton handled the issue while 54 percent say serious questions remain unanswered. A congressional investigation of the email controversy will be politically motivated, according to 53-40 percent of those polled.
On the other hand, Virginia voters are found to still be in favor of Clinton by 47 percent compared to Paul’s favorability at 43 percent. Fifty-six percent of them say the issue makes no difference with how they view Clinton.
“These numbers are a boost for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky as he formally launches his campaign,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Ominous for Hillary Clinton is the broad scope of the movement today compared to her showing in Quinnipiac University’s mid-February survey. It isn’t just one or two Republicans who are stepping up; it’s virtually the entire GOP field that is running better against her. That’s why it is difficult to see Secretary Clinton’s slippage as anything other than a further toll on her image from the furor over her e-mail,” Brown outlined in the announcement.
“Voters do think she is a strong leader – a key metric – but unless she can change the honesty perception, running as a competent but dishonest candidate has serious potential problems,” Brown concluded.
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