The Scrapbook is revising its opinion of “word clouds,” which we have heretofore mocked. That’s because we were so entertained by the ones produced in Quinnipiac University’s latest national poll. Besides the usual questions about preferences for the 2016 candidates, voting intentions, and so forth, the pollsters also asked their sample of 1,563 respondents, “What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Hillary Clinton?”
You can see the results depicted in the word cloud we’ve reproduced here. The more often a word comes up, the larger it appears in the Quinnipiac graphic. Leading the list—the first word on the lips of 178 respondents (or more than 11 percent of those polled)—is “liar.” Following closely behind is “dishonest” (from 123 people), “untrustworthy” (93), “experience” (82), “strong” (59), “Bill” (56), “woman” (47), “smart” (31), “crook” (21), “untruthful” (19), “criminal” (18), “deceitful” (18), and quite a few more, not very many of them complimentary.
The same word-association question was asked about Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. The words respondents blurted out for Jeb are mostly anodyne, though not unrevealing: “Bush” (136), “family” (70), “honest” (53), “weak” (45), “brother” (41), “dynasty” (40), and so on.
The Trump results, as you might imagine, are almost as entertaining as Hillary’s. His greatest hits: “arrogant” (58), “blowhard” (38), “idiot” (35), “businessman” (34), “clown” (34), “honest” (30), “ego” (29), “money” (29), “outspoken” (28), “crazy” (26), “rich” (26), “showman” (23), “strong” (20), “a—hole” (18), “joke” (16), “loud” (16), “leader” (15), “pompous” (15), “bombastic” (13), “egomaniac” (13), “loudmouth” (13), etc. Ironically, given Trump’s shtick on winners and losers, and his preference for the former, the word at the bottom of his list is “winner,” suggested by just five people out of those polled.
A new poll finds that Vermont socialist Bernie Sanders is in a statistical tie with Hillary Clinton in a newly released New Hampshire poll. The poll finds that Sanders "is currently the most popular Democratic candidate in the state."
In a new national poll, Quinnipiac asked the question in as straightforward a way as possible: "Do you support or oppose the nuclear deal with Iran?" And, "Do you think the nuclear deal with Iran would make the world safer or less safe?"
The results are stunning: Americans oppose the deal, 57 percent to 28 percent; and by 58 percent to 30 percent they think it will make the world less safe.
Secure America Now, a group opposed to President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, released a new poll this morning.
One main conclusion that Democratic pollster and former Carter advisor Pat Caddell drew was that "the more Americans learn about key details within the Iran agreement, the less they like it." The poll surveyed 800 likely voters.
NBC's Chuck Todd reported this morning on a new poll showing that Hillary Clinton's "favorability numbers are dismal." In Iowa, 56% of all voters have an unfavorable view of Clinton, while only 37% have a favorable view of her. In New Hampshire, 57% view Clinton unfavorably, 37% favorably.
According to the new NBC poll, Hillary Clinton is at 55% in the Democratic primary, while Bernie Sanders comes in a distant second at 26%.
In New Hampshire, Clinton's lead is down to 13 points. Clinton's at 47%, while Sanders is at 34%.
Barack Obama is not popular. This plain and simple fact may surprise those who read only legacy journalists, who often elide this inconvenient truth. A recent Associated Press write-up is illustrative:
Even as the public remains closely divided about his presidency, Barack Obama is holding on to his support from the so-called “Obama coalition” of minorities, liberals and young Americans, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows, creating an incentive for the next Democratic presidential nominee to stick with him and his policies.
A recently released Pew poll finds that only 38% approve President Obama's deal with Iran. A plurality disapproves of the deal.
"More Americans disapprove than approve of the deal struck last week by the U.S., Iran and five other nations to limit Iran’s nuclear program: Among the 79% of Americans who have heard about the agreement, just 38% approve, while 48% disapprove (14% do not offer an opinion)," the Pew poll finds.
CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports that a new poll finds that Hillary Clinton's "shine has tarnished":
"A new CNN/ORC poll, hot off the presses, it reveales that Hillary Clinton is hitting a speed bump on the road to the White House and Jeb Bush also having issues shaking his family connections," CNN host Alisyn Camerota reported.
Scott Walker has had a pretty good run as of late. He’s made some new friends and wrong-footed the right enemies and became, in fairly short order, a leader among the pack of Republican politicians running for president. Perhaps even the leader.
We've just finished tabulating the results an online poll conducted during the last week of WEEKLY STANDARD readers. They were given a chance to let us know who would be, as of now, their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for the GOP presidential nomination. We want to thank the 3,700 readers who participated.
Next Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on whether the Obama administration has been illegally providing taxpayer-funded subsidies in 36 states under the guise of implementing Obamacare, and there’s been much debate about what Congress should do if the Court rules that the administration’s actions have been lawless. A new McLaughlin & Associates poll, commissioned by
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker leads an early poll of New Hampshire Republican primary voters, NH1 reports:
According to an NH1 Pulse Poll released Wednesday, Walker has the backing of 21.2% of those who say they're likely to vote in next year's GOP presidential primary. The automated survey indicates Jeb Bush in second place, with 14.4% saying they'd support the former two-term Florida governor if the Feb. 9, 2016 primary was held now.
Israel prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be rising in the polls after being blasted by Obama administration officials for accepting John Boehner's invitation to address a joint session of Congress. Netanyahu is currently up for reelection in Israel.