Uh-oh. It seems the Democratic Party’s go-to nominee thus far isn’t all that inspiring.
According to a recent CNN/ORC poll, 42 percent of Democrats and Independents who lean Democrat say they’d be satisfied but not enthusiastic with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee in 2016. Slightly fewer (41 percent) would be enthusiastic. Ten percent say they’d be dissatisfied but not upset and one in twenty (five percent) indicate they’d be upset.
This is particularly troubling for the Democratic Party because nearly two-thirds would be most likely to support Clinton. In other words, the most likely nominee doesn’t inspire a majority of her own base, suggesting she probably wouldn’t garner much support elsewhere.
The latest poll fits in with Charles Krauthammer’s belief that “the Democrats grossly overestimate how popular Hillary Clinton is.”
And this unenthusiastic support for the former First Lady could be why tickets to her recent keynote speech sold at just a third of their original price.
It might also help explain why Marjorie Margolies, who the Clintons campaigned for, was soundly defeated in her effort to retake her former district in Pennsylvania.
Then again, it could just be that respondents have been working for decades and, as “Middle-Class Joe” Biden claimed, saw their economic struggles begin during her husband’s stint in the Oval Office.
What do you think? Will the lack of enthusiasm for Clinton come into play in the general election if she wins the Democratic nomination? Is there an opportunity for another Democrat to swoop in before the primaries?