Hillary Clinton hasn’t even officially declare that she will be running in the presidential elections but already polls about her popularity is the subject of polls in the country.
The latest poll shows that Hillary Clinton has slipped in her popularity against the leading 2016 Republican candidates in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, according to a report by Reuters with the poll citing that damage had been caused to the ratings of Hillary Clinton after the scandal surrounding her emails when she was the secretary of state.
According to Reuters, the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll also showed Clinton in a close race with U.S. Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican who declared his candidacy on Tuesday.
Hillary Clinton has still not officially declared her intentions to run but it is widely expected that she will announce her White House bid this month.
The poll shows that Clinton is tied with all the Republican candidates in Colorado and almost all of them in the early voting state of Iowa, the poll said.
“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” since the last swing state survey on February 18, pollster Peter Brown said in a statement.
He attributed the drop to the controversy that erupted in March over Clinton’s use of personal email for work when she was America’s top diplomat, an issue that fails to simply go away despite Hillary Clinton offering up all her emails and stating that she has nothing to hide on the subject. Republicans have even raised the prospect of congressional hearings on the issue which is certain to have an even further damaging effect on Clinton, even if the hearing does go in her favour.
Paul led Clinton by 44 percent to 41 percent in Colorado and 43 percent to 42 percent in Iowa, the Quinnipiac poll showed. In Virginia, Clinton led 47 percent to 43 percent.
“These numbers are a boost for U.S. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky as he formally launches his campaign,” Brown said.
The poll cited a bright spot for Clinton in Virginia, where she led all Republicans, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, whom she led with 47 percent to 40 percent, compared to a 42-42 percent tie in February.
The telephone poll of 2,803 likely voters was conducted from March 29 through April 7 and had an error margin of 3.2 percentage points in Iowa and Virginia and 3.3 points in Colorado.
While the polls show various differences, what is clear is that it is very close at the moment and both sides are showing positive signs.