Grandma lags among voters in swing states against leading GOP hopefuls

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 at 8:16 am

Hillary Rodham Clinton would lose or tie for the presidency against three leading Republican hopefuls if the election were held today in three key swing states, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found that Clinton has strikingly negative favorability ratings among voters in Virginia, Iowa and Colorado, especially compared with where she stood in the spring.

The numbers come at a time when Clinton has a massive fundraising lead, relatively weak competition for the Democratic nomination and more federal government experience than other candidates. Even with these advantages, the poll shows Clinton may be vulnerable in states that by all accounts will have an outsize say in who wins the White House next year.

The poll also found that voters appear to be turning on Donald Trump. Among all 23 Republicans and Democrats who could run for the White House, the bombastic real-estate mogul is at the bottom, with almost 2-to-1 unfavorable ratings. Among Republicans, only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has unfavorable numbers nearly as low.

Despite Trump’s popularity with Republicans nationally in recent weeks, the poll suggests that comments he made disparaging Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) have taken a toll. Quinnipiac pollsters were still surveying voters two days after Trump said McCain, who spent five years in a North Vietnamese prison, was “not a war hero.”

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