As the Republican Party presidential campaign clown bus becomes increasingly crowded, two new polls should give sane Republicans (to the extent there are any left) pause. One shows that despite the efforts of the far right noise machine, Hillary Clinton continues to hold a lead over every one of the clowns crowding the GOP clown car. The other found that 55% of younger voters want the Democrats to maintain control of the White House. The obvious take aways are (i) that huge efforts will be needed in 2016 to turn out younger voters, and (ii) the efforts to slime Hillary are not working so far. Here are excerpts from two articles in Politicususa.com that look at the poll findings:
First, on Hillary's standing versus the GOP clowns:
A new NBC News poll reveals that the Republican attempts to stop Hillary Clinton have failed as the Democratic frontrunner leads every Republican presidential candidate.According to NBC News:In the new NBC/WSJ poll, Clinton’s favorable/unfavorable rating stands at 42 positive, 42 negative (even) – down from 44 percent positive, 36 percent negative in March (+8).Still, that break-even rating exceeds the fav/unfav scores for Republicans Marco Rubio (22 percent positive, 23 percent negative), Scott Walker (15 percent positive, 17 percent negative), Rand Paul (23 percent positive, 28 percent negative) and Jeb Bush (23 percent positive, 36 percent negative).….And looking ahead to the general election, Clinton leads Bush, the former Florida governor, by six points (49 percent to 43 percent); Rubio, the Florida senator, by another six points (49 percent to 43 percent); and Walker, the Wisconsin governor by 10 (50 percent to 40 percent). The Republican presidential candidate in the poll who comes closest to Clinton is Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., 47 percent to 43 percent.
Clinton remains more popular than any of her potential Republican opponents because what the Republican Party stands for is very unpopular.
A survey from the Harvard University Institute of Politics contained good news for Democrats. The younger voters that were a key part of President Obama’s victories solidly want to keep a Democrat in the White House.The survey found that Obama coalition is going to keep their support with Democrats in 2016:Overall, young Americans prefer that a Democrat (55%) win the White House over a Republican (40%) in the 2016 race for president, a view held within the younger (18-24 year-olds – 53%: Democrat; 41%: Republican) and older (25-29 year-olds – 57%: Democrat; 39%: Republican) segments of the age-group. This view is stronger among young African-Americans (87%: Democrat; 8%: Republican) and young Hispanics (68%: Democrat; 27%: Republican).
Younger voters support Hillary Clinton over Elizabeth Warren 47%-11%. Clinton leads Bernie Sanders 47%-1%. No Republican candidate was able to break 10% support with younger Republicans. Ben Carson (10%), Rand Paul (8%), Jeb Bush (7%), Mike Huckabee (7%), and Scott Walker (5%) were the top five Republicans.
In many ways, the findings of this latter survey should come as no surprise since the GOP's sole focus is pandering to aging angry white voters who cling to beliefs rejected by younger and/or educated voters.