Saturday, October 10, 2015
Poll: Clinton drops 10 points in 5 days
Hillary Clinton is dragging her feet into the first Democratic primary debate on Tuesday, dropping 10 points in less than a week, according to a new Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Friday.
While Clinton enjoyed 51 percent support among Democratic voters in the poll’s Oct. 4 iteration, that number dipped to 41 percent support on Oct. 9.
Both Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Vice President Biden, who has yet to announce whether he will run for president, gained supporters from Clinton’s loss.
Sanders’ support increased from 24 to 28 percent over the same time frame, and Biden jumped from 16 to 20 percent support.
Clinton, the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination when she announced her campaign in June, has taken ongoing criticism for the use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.
Clinton has apologized for her server and turned over work-related emails to the State Department, which is making them public in bunches.
Benghazi Special Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said he will release an additional batch of Clinton emails purporting to show her foreign policy in Libya was influenced by special interests.
Democrats are again accusing the panel of politicizing the 2012 terrorist attack on the Benghazi embassy, after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy linked the committee’s work to Clinton’s sliding poll numbers.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted Oct. 9 and includes 624 respondents. The margin of error is 4.5 percent.