‘Hide Hillary’ Strategy Backfiring as Reclusive Granny Clinton Trailing in Six Battleground States

Posted by on May 14, 2015 at 7:30 am
Hillary Rodham Clinton

Perhaps poll numbers that are sagging more than her face will eventually smoke out Grandma Clinton and force her to actually face the media one of these months. But it’s a GOP poll, so she’ll just shrug it off like she did the dead in Benghazi.

Hillary Clinton trails a generic Republican presidential candidate by double-digits among voters in six key battleground states, according to a new poll from the GOP firm Vox Populi.

The survey, conducted on behalf of the conservative super-PAC American Crossroads, found an unnamed GOP candidate taking 51 percent support among voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, Ohio, and Virginia.

Clinton takes only 41 percent support among voters in those states, according to the poll.

The survey found Clinton’s favorability rating deep underwater, with 40 percent having a positive view of the former secretary of State against 53 percent who said they view her negatively.

In addition, 52 percent of voters in the battleground states said they don’t trust Clinton, and the same percentage said they don’t share her values.

Fifty-eight percent said they agree with the notion that Clinton will “say or do anything” to get elected president, while only 35 percent said they disagree.

“This poll shows that the Clinton campaign’s ‘Hide Hillary’ strategy isn’t working and may in fact be backfiring,” American Crossroads president and CEO Steven Law said in a statement.

“Clearly the conflicts and ethical concerns raised by the Clinton Foundation morass are real to voters and her failure to address them is negatively affecting how voters feel about Hillary.”

Meanwhile, her favorables have plummeted in a new Fox poll.

Hillary Clinton’s personal ratings continue to slip. Yet the Democratic presidential hopeful still garners higher favorable ratings than many in the 2016 GOP field, according to a new Fox News poll released Wednesday.

The number of voters who have a positive opinion of Hillary Clinton is down nine percentage points since last year.  Currently, 45 percent have a favorable view of her.  That’s down from 47 percent in late March and 54 percent last summer (June 1-3, 2014).

Clinton’s negative rating stands at 49 percent, up from 43 percent last June.

The downward shift in Clinton’s favorability over the last year comes from a decline in positive views among both independents (-11 points) and Republicans (-15 points).

Team Grandma should be alarmed by the drop among independents, so maybe it’s time for some more staged events where the fading Clinton can pretend she’s listening to voters. GOP candidates are enjoying poking the bumbling Clinton over her evasiveness.

One month after Hillary Clinton announced her bid for the White House, the former secretary of state is under fire for dodging questions from the media and keeping to tightly orchestrated campaign events.

The Democratic presidential frontrunner has subjected herself to zero formal interviews since entering the race. And the growing field of Republican candidates, who themselves have met the press multiple times, are cranking up their criticism of Clinton’s media habits.

“I don’t have a protective bubble like Mrs. Clinton does … don’t have town hall meetings or little roundtable discussions where I pick who gets to come and I screen the questions and the press has to behave a certain way,” likely GOP presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said during an interview with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

Bush, who has about the same name recognition as Clinton, estimates he has done 20 press gaggles with reporters since dipping his toes in the 2016 race.

Carly Fiorina, a declared GOP candidate, also took a jab at Clinton.

“Like Hillary Clinton, I’m also running for president, but unlike her, I’m not afraid to answer questions about my record,” Fiorina said at the South Carolina Freedom Summit.

Watch for some orchestrated media appearances once her minions digest the bad news. Problem is she may not be able to recover.

It looks like Hillary Clinton is aiming to make it to the White House without answering any questions more challenging than, “How are you liking Iowa?”

So far, it’s mainly media insiders griping. But eventually the public will cotton on.

The Washington Post is even tracking how long it’s been since Clinton has talked to the press — online, it’s a minute-by-minute count, now north of 30,000.

And The New York Times reporter on the Hillary beat, Amy Chozick, has started listing the questions she’d ask — if Clinton would take her questions, that is.

Even National Public Radio is complaining.

It reports that Clinton has answered only 13 press questions in the first month or so of her campaign. And most resemble that “liking Iowa” one, asked as she walked into the State Capitol building. (“I’m having a great time,” she replied. Stop the presses!)

It’s a foolish tactic, sure to tick off even liberal media.

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4 Responses to “‘Hide Hillary’ Strategy Backfiring as Reclusive Granny Clinton Trailing in Six Battleground States”

  1. BeckoningChasm on 14/14/15 at 9:03 am

    Eh, she’s a Democrat, and Democrat voters are stupid and easily excited, so they’ll SQUEEEE when she reappears.

    Reality doesn’t apply to Democrats. If it did, she’d be in prison.

  2. Phil Wilson on 14/14/15 at 9:57 am

    If she were out there in uncontrolled situations, fielding honest questions, I think it would be even worse for her.

  3. Picric on 14/14/15 at 2:08 pm

    I am thinking she stays hidden. She has shown that she does not plan too far ahead. As long as she is comfortably ahead of any Democrat in the primary, she will stay hidden. If she gets a solid challenge look for her to attack the Republican leader to excite the base. If she gets the nomination, fauning media, biased polling, will help erase any lead.

  4. Steve S on 14/14/15 at 3:43 pm

    Why should she say anything?

    She’ll be duly coronated at the Democrat Convention, so there is no reason to do or say anything to secure the primary. Afterwards, poll after poll has repeatedly shown that the electorate don’t start paying attention until late September / early October.

    She can sit mum for the next 16 months without losing a single voter. Why should she say anything?