Three 2016 Republican candidates — Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker — are ahead of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in matchups in the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, a new poll has found.
According to a Quinnipiac poll
conducted July 9-20 of registered voters:
- In Colorado, Clinton is at 38 percent compared to 46 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; she's at 36 percent compared to 41 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; and she also gets 38 percent in a matchup with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has 47 percent support.
- In Iowa, Clinton has 36 percent compared to 44 percent for Rubio; Clinton has 36 percent compared to 42 percent for Bush; and in a race against Walker, Clinton is at 37 percent compared to 45 percent.
- In Virginia, Clinton is at 41 percent in a matchup with Rubio, who has 43 percent; she has 39 percent in a matchup with Bush, who gets 42 percent; and Clinton is at 40 percent compared to 43 percent for Walker.
The results for Clinton compare to an April poll, in which she was ahead in a number of matchups.
The poll also found that in each of the three states, by large margins, voters said Clinton was not honest and trustworthy, and does not care about their needs and problems.
Nevertheless, majorities say she has strong leadership qualities, albeit by slim majorities.
"Hillary Clinton's numbers have dropped among voters in the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa and Virginia. She has lost ground in the horse race and on key questions about her honesty and leadership," Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.
"On being a strong leader, a key metric in presidential campaigns, she has dropped 4 to 10 points depending on the state, and she is barely above 50 percent in each of the three states."
In several matchups in Iowa and Colorado, Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders does as well or better than Clinton in comparisons with Rubio, Bush and Walker, while Vice President Joe Biden does not do as well.
Appearing on MSNBC's "Morning Joe"
on Wednesday, NBC Political Director and "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd said troubles in the Clinton campaign are being overshadowed by the popularity of Donald Trump.
"If it wasn't for Donald Trump, the biggest story of the summer would be Hillary Clinton's problems solidifying herself inside the Democratic Party," Todd said.
"Whenever she's been out front as the face of the Democratic Party, her numbers are going down. They always have."
Meanwhile, the poll also found that Trump has negative favorability ratings of almost 2-1 in each state, the worst of any candidate polled, Republican or Democrat: 31-58 percent in Colorado; 32-57 percent in Iowa; and 32-61 percent in Virginia.
"Donald Trump stands out for the wrong reason" among the 16 candidates vying for the GOP presidential nomination, Brown said, because "his large negative favorability rating means his growth potential is not as attractive has his competitors."
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