April 19, 2007


Democratic Race Tightens as Views of Clinton Become More Negative: Forty-five percent favorable rating one of lowest ever for Clinton (Jeffrey M. Jones, 4/18/07, GALLUP NEWS SERVICE)

A majority of Americans have an unfavorable image of New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton's current 45% favorable rating with the American public is her third consecutive reading below 50% in the past two months, and is one of the lowest Gallup has measured for her since 1993. [...]

Clinton is no doubt a formidable candidate for president. She is the best-known candidate of either party, is widely respected by members of her own party, and has been able to raise large sums of money to fund her presidential campaign. Despite these advantages, recent Gallup polling reveals a potential weakness in her rather low likability scores among the general public. In the latest USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted April 13-15, 2007, more Americans say they have an unfavorable (52%) than a favorable view (45%) of Clinton. Clinton's favorable rating has been below 50% in each of the last three Gallup Polls, after being consistently above that mark since June 2003. As recently as February, her favorable rating was a solid 58%.

Maverick will have little trouble carrying in a GOP House, though the Senate will be tougher.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 19, 2007 12:07 PM

We only lost the Senate by 3600 votes?????

Posted by: Sandy P at April 19, 2007 11:30 AM

Thompson will get us the Senate back, and I'm becoming more and more convinced that Thompson + Fair Tax as a platform plank will get us to your 60/40 nation.

Posted by: Bruno at April 19, 2007 12:09 PM

The only Maverick we'll be hearing about after '08 will be in Top Gun re-runs.

Posted by: BJW at April 19, 2007 12:43 PM

Regarding Clinton, such popularity as both of them have enjoyed reflects most poorly upon what remains of our national character.

Everyone knows that both of them are vulgar grifters, with whom every slimy reprobate may easily identify.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 19, 2007 1:51 PM

I don't care much for her, either, but that is not a very gentlemanly personal comment about her! Nor an excuse for Bill's marital infidelities...if that's what you mean by your headlines. If not, never mind.

Posted by: Rick T. at April 19, 2007 3:13 PM

The pooch is McCain's. It's a Right Stuff reference.

Posted by: at April 19, 2007 4:10 PM

Sandy - I didn't see that qouted - I believe it is reference to the Montana race where Burns lost by that amount of votes - if he had held MT the GOP would have held.

Posted by: AWW at April 19, 2007 6:09 PM

In a state the size of Montana, whose total population is less than a million, 3600 is a lot of votes, especially in an off year. Even King County Elections (who probably handle more votes) would be hard pressed to make up a difference that big, even with multiple recounts and magic ballots.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at April 19, 2007 7:00 PM