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YIKES…This is gonna leave a mark.   The latest Quinnipiac Poll came out on Thursday morning and if I was Hillary Clinton I would be worried.

One of the questions asked was

What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Hillary Clinton? (Numbers are not percentages. Figures show the number of times each response was given. This table reports only words that were mentioned at least five times.)

Respondents weren’t given suggestions the were just asked to spit out the first word that comes to their minds. The first three answers were liar, dishonest, and untrustworthy.  Trust is a difficult thing to regain when running for president, especially when the email scandal never seems to end. (the above is a word cloud of the answers).

As far as the Democrat’s preference Clinton leads the Democratic field with 45 percent, down from 55 percent July 30, with U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 22 percent and Biden at 18 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent with 11 percent undecided. This is Sanders’ highest tally and closest margin.

On the GOP side Donald Trump leads the crowded Republican field with 28 percent, up from 20 percent in a July 30 national survey. This is the highest tally and widest margin for any Republican so far in this election. Ben Carson has 12 percent, with 7 percent each for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Scott Walker takes 6%, followed by John Kasich and Carly Fiorina with 5% each, and Chris Christie with 4%. Mike Huckabee rounds out the top ten with 3%.

The same kind of “what’s the first thing that comes to mind question was asked about Trump and the responses for Trump were..very Trump. (Word cloud is above) Respondents though he was arrogant, blowhard and an idiot.
On the bright side for the  Donald his lead in the GOP primary race is growing.  Trump leads the GOP field with 28 percent, up from 20 percent in the July 30 national survey. This is the highest tally and widest margin for any Republican so far in this election. Ben Carson has 12 percent, with 7 percent each for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

Match-ups among all American voters show, that Biden does better against GOP candidates than Clinton:

  • Biden tops Trump 48 – 40 percent. He beats Bush 45 – 39 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio’s 41 percent.
  • Clinton edges Trump 45 – 41 percent. She gets 42 percent to Bush’s 40 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio’s 43 percent.
  • Sanders edges Trump 44 – 41 percent and edges Bush 43 – 39 percent. Rubio gets 41 percent to Sanders’ 40 percent.

Obviously this is too early for predictions, but it does serve as a warning to the Clinton folks–Hillary is not as Teflon as her husband the former president Bubba.

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