In the latest Quinnipiac poll, Hillary has lost ground to Republicans in the key states of Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. In Florida Jeb Bush beats her 45% to 42%. In Pennsylvania Rand Paul squeaks past her at 45% to 44% while in Ohio Clinton leads over Rand Paul 46% to 41%.[read_more] From the Washington Times,
Most striking was the eroding trust of Mrs. Clinton since revelations this month that she exclusively used a personal email account for official business while secretary of state, a practice that may have violated federal open-record laws and shielded her communications from Congress and from public inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act.
The poll showed that Mrs. Clinton’s favorability rating is down in each state, but she still does better than Republican contenders, except for Mr. Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio in their home state of Florida.
Voters in Florida, voters said Mrs. Clinton is not honest and trustworthy 50 percent to 41 percent; in Pennsylvania voters questioned her integrity 49 percent to 44 percent; and Ohio voters didn’t trust her 47 percent to 46 percent.
“The good news for Hillary Clinton is that the e-mail controversy has not done huge violence to her presidential chances. But the matter is taking a toll on the former secretary of state’s public image,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “On the plus side, Secretary Clinton is considered a strong leader – a key characteristic for voters when picking a president, more so than her leading, but lesser-known, potential GOP opponents,” Brown said. “But about half the voters in all three states question her honesty and trustworthiness. “Majorities in each state think Clinton still has questions to answer about her e-mails. Voters in each state are evenly divided on whether Congressional hearings are warranted although a majority thinks such a hearing would be politically motivated rather than justified.” The gender gap remains wide as Clinton leads among women in every contest, by margins of 7 percentage points to 28 percentage points. Her margins among men range from a 3 percentage point lead to a 23-point deficit.