How the mighty have fallen...
Via NBC News:
Hillary Clinton remains the overwhelming front-runner among Democrats for the 2016 presidential race, but the American public at large is equally divided about voting for her, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.
“It’s not surprising that, as she moves from being secretary of state to being the 2016 candidate, she’s going through a different filter in how she’s being viewed,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the poll along with Democratic pollster Fred Yang and Hart Research Associates. “And how she’s being viewed is through an increasingly partisan lens.”
Asked how likely they would be to vote for the former secretary of state if she makes a White House run in 2016, 38 percent of registered voters told pollsters that they would “probably” or be “almost certain to” vote for her, while a similar 37 percent said they’d definitely oppose her.
The poll also showed that Clinton’s approval ratings have dipped slightly amid her nationwide book tour — widely seen as a launch pad for her reentry into presidential politics.
Still, they still remain fairly robust in a political environment in which popularity is generally defined as NOT being underwater with potential voters. Now, 44 percent view her positively versus 37 percent negatively.