This Poll Might Be the One Hillary Needs to Worry About

Support among women drops sharply
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2015 12:47 PM CDT
This Poll Might Be the One Hillary Needs to Worry About
Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during an organizing event at the University of Northern Iowa, Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Scott Morgan)

Hillary Clinton is currently holding several weeks of "Women for Hillary" rallies ... but in a span of just eight weeks, support for Clinton among Democratic-leaning female voters dropped 29 percentage points. A Washington Post-ABC News poll back in July found that 71% of such voters expected to vote for Clinton; now, as Clinton continues to deal with fallout related to her private email server fiasco, just 42% do. That's the main reason Clinton's overall numbers dropped from 63% in July to 42% now among voters who lean Democrat, the Post reports, eroding her lead over Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, who hasn't even officially joined the presidential race yet. She's now polling about evenly with both women and men.

Despite the fact that Clinton doesn't seem concerned about the numbers ("There’s an ebb and flow," she said when asked about the drop yesterday. "Polls go up and down."), and often insists that only the media, and not her potential supporters, care about the email controversy, the Post notes that it spoke to "more than two dozen women in Ohio and New Hampshire" over the past week and the email issue "came up again and again." Many of those women, quoted in the Post article, say they want to see a woman in the White House, but only the "right" one. "Hillary’s so divisive," says one. "It breaks my heart for her. I’m sorry she’s not likable." As ABC notes, the latest poll has Clinton and Donald Trump "virtually neck-and-neck ... in a hypothetical match-up." (More presidential campaign stories.)

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