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WSJ/NBC Poll: Hillary's Favorability Slips, But She Retains an Edge

By    |   Monday, 04 May 2015 11:00 PM

Hillary Clinton's favorability has taken a hit in the wake of fundraising and private email scandals, but her support among fellow Democrats is solid and she retains an edge over her GOP rivals, a new poll shows.

The Wall Street Journal/NBC survey finds voters with a negative view of the Democratic presidential candidate have increased to 42 percent from 36 percent in a survey last month.

The poll also finds only a quarter of registered voters think she's honest and straightforward, down from 38 percent last summer, the Journal reports.

Clinton has been the focus of controversy over reports about her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state, and that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, have allowed their charitable foundation to accept donations from foreign governments.

"She’s had a very rocky two months, and we can see the impact," Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who directed the survey with Democratic pollster Fred Yang, tells the Journal. "But all of this has played out — the emails, the Clinton Foundation — all of that made no fundamental difference to the Democratic primary voters."

Among Democrats, 76 percent view her favorably, which the Journal reports is a tighter hold on party loyalty than any of her potential Republican rivals in the survey.

Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who worked on the survey, told the Journal the results prove Clinton’s political stamina, and that "America's 'Iron Lady' does not have a glass jaw."

The poll also finds Jeb Bush atop the large field of GOP of candidates, with 23 percent support. But Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio showed signs of broader strength, the Journal reports, with nearly three quarters of GOP primary voters saying they could see themselves supporting him, even if he wasn't their first choice.

In other findings, according to NBC News:
  • Clinton leads Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul 47 percent to 43 percent, beats Bush and Rubio 49 percent to 43 percent, and leads Wisconsin GOP Gov. Scott Walker 50 percent to 40 percent.
  • 21 percent of voters cite national security and terrorism as the nation's No. 1 priority; 29 percent said the top issue was job creation and economic growth.
  • 27 percent of Republicans cited national security as the top priority, more than for any other issue.
The poll's overall margin of error is 3.1 percentage points.

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