Poll: Hillary Clinton's Numbers Take Another Hit in Swing States Over Trustworthiness

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 10:15 AM

As Hillary Clinton continues her campaign with little interaction with the press, Americans are becoming more wary about whether the former Secretary of State is trustworthy and honest on important issues.

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton's numbers have taken a particular hit in swing and Republicans are gaining right behind her with voters. In Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio a majority of voters view Clinton as untrustworthy, which is a major problem considering trustworthiness is at the top of the priority list for swing state voters.

Clinton's favorability ratings are 47 - 45 percent in Florida, negative 44 - 48 percent in Ohio and 46 - 48 percent in Pennsylvania.

She is not honest and trustworthy, Florida voters say 51 - 43 percent, Ohio voters say 53 - 40 percent and Pennsylvania voters say 54 - 40 percent.

"It's a long way until Election Day, but in the critical swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has a tiny edge over the GOP field, "said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll.

"Most of the eight GOP hopefuls are within striking distance of Secretary Hillary Clinton in at least one of the three states. In Ohio, Gov. Kasich leads."

"But perhaps more troubling for her than the continuing slide is how she is perceived by voters who continue to say she is not honest and trustworthy."

"But potentially more disturbing for her are low marks for caring about voter needs and problems. This is where Democrats almost always fare better than Republicans. Yet in this survey many Republican candidates do as well or better than does she," Brown added.

Perhaps the most notable part of the poll isn't necessarily Clinton's loss of numbers, but Rubio closing in on her in Pennsylvania and particularly Florida, his home state where voters believe he is trustworthy. Governor John Kasich, who isn't even officially in the race for the White House, beating Clinton in Ohio is also significant.

Keep in mind no political candidate from either party has won the presidency since 1960 without winning two out of three of the swing states listed above. Currently, national polls show Clinton handily beating all GOP candidates.

A Suffolk University poll released earlier this week shows Democrat Bernie Sanders substantially gaining on Clinton in New Hampshire. 

Last weekend a Clinton spokesman claimed there were no polls showing voters believe she is untrustworthy.