Support for Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee continues to wane. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, support among Democratic voters fell 10 points in less than a week. From October 4 to October 9, Clinton saw her support tumble from 51 percent of Democratic support to just 41 percent. The October 9 survey includes 624 respondents and has a credibility interval of 4.5 percent.
This news comes just days ahead of the first Democratic debate.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Vice President of the U.S. Joe Biden both made gains according to the poll. Support for Sanders jumped from just over 24 percent to 28 percent, and Biden rose from 16 percent to a even 20 percent in the same time period.
VP Biden has yet to decide or annouce if he is running for president.
Clinton announced her bid for the White House in April and was the prohibitive favorite at the time. However increased scrutiny over her email server and email use has been a drag on her campaign.
Clinton has apologized for her use of the email server while she served as the nation’s top diplomat for the State Department. Those emails are now becoming public as the State Department releases them in batches.
Besides a great great credit debate will also testify before the House select committee on Benghazi Over the next two weeks.The two events together present a major inflection point for Clinton’s presidential ambitions.
In recent weeks Clinton has also tried to distance herself from the current administration calling for the elimination of the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac tax,” opposing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and pushing for certain administrative actions on gun control that Obama has not yet taken.
Former President Bill Clinton has steadfastly defended his wife, and blamed the Republicans and the media for the controversy.
It’s a long time in a long way before the Democratic convention next summer and that is probably a good thing for the Clinton campaign at this point. In the head-to-head polls Clinton is losing to just about every Republican candidate that has entered the race.