For the first time in this election cycle, Hillary Clinton is topped by several Republican candidates in key battleground states according to the latest Quinnipiac poll. The winners on the GOP side are Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker. The other news from this poll is that, among all Republicans, Donald Trump currently performs the worst against Hillary.
Report from CNN:
Hillary Clinton trails three top Republican presidential candidates in head-to-head matchups in Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, a new survey shows.
The latest Quinnipiac University swing state polling released Wednesday shows the Democratic frontrunner trailing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in each of those states.
The biggest loser, the polls found, is Donald Trump, who has surged to the front of a crowded Republican primary field nationally but is viewed unfavorably, by almost a 2-to-1 margin, by voters in those states.
The results offered more indications that Clinton has a problem: Voters say they don’t trust her.
In Colorado, only 34% of voters said they see Clinton as honest and trustworthy while 62% said they don’t. In Iowa, the numbers were 33% to 59% — a drop from 45% to 47% in April. And in Virginia, Clinton did best, at 39% saying they trust her to 55% saying they don’t.
“She has lost ground in the horse race and on key questions about her honesty and leadership,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, in a release accompanying Wednesday morning’s results. “On being a strong leader, a key metric in presidential campaigns, she has dropped four to 10 points depending on the state and she is barely above 50% in each of the three states.”
The polls were conducted July 9-20 in the three states, with more than 1,200 voters and a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points in each state.
As opposed to the national polls, the state polls are what really matters when it comes to which candidates are the strongest. In this case, Hillary has lost some ground as more and more voters tune into the race. She had been handily controlling the swing states up to this point. Obviously it’s still very early, even though we’ve been covering this for a year already.
Watching the polls over the next thirty days, which includes the first GOP debate on August 6, may shed some light on the direction of the race into the fall.