March 24 2015
Will she, or won’t she? Three-fourths of Americans say Hillary Clinton will run for president, but only 42 percent want her to. So says a new poll that parses out the ever-complicated presidential landscape. Here are the numbers:
54 percent say Mrs. Clinton is liberal; 82 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of independents and 42 percent of Democrats agree.
53 percent overall think Mrs. Clinton “says what she thinks people want to hear”; 85 percent of Republicans, 57 percent of independents and 26 percent of Democrats agree.
49 percent overall say she has “qualifications to be president”; 14 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of independents and 81 percent of Democrats agree.
42 percent overall want Mrs. Clinton to run for president; 13 percent of Republicans, 39 percent of independents and 68 percent of Democrats agree.
36 percent overall think she “says what she believes”; 8 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats agree.
The source is an Economist/YouGov poll of 988 U.S. adults conducted March 14-16. Check the link for more findings. Some say there’s no discussion, however.
“Servergate doesn’t matter: Hillary was never going to be president anyway,” writes Lisa Schiffren, a senior fellow for the Independent Women’s Forum, in an op-ed for the New York Observer.
“Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be elected President of the United States. Never. Not if Hell freezes over. In the binary gut calculation as to whether a candidate is electable or not, she is not. This is true even apart from the likelihood of a swing to the GOP after the disastrous past six years,” Ms. Schiffren says. “If Ms. Clinton were electable, she would have been elected in 2008. That was her year. She looked good. She was solid and energetic. She had become her own person. She hadn’t actually accomplished anything as New York’s junior senator. But she had made friends and allies, and cast votes that made her palatable to centrist voters.”