It’s probably not the image Hillary Clinton was trying to cultivate.
A new poll released by Quinnipiac University asking voters to describe candidates with one word turned out to be pretty brutal for Clinton, with the most popular description for the Democrat frontrunner being “liar.”
Other popular associations – such as “dishonest” and “untrustworthy” – seemed to reinforce the notion that Clinton’s ongoing scandals are dragging down her reputation for a big part of the population — and confirming it for the rest.
Given the adjectives and descriptions respondents associated with her, is was unsurprising to see her favorability rating plummet as well. By a majority of 51 percent, respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the former secretary of state. Only 39 percent said they had a “favorable” view.
Eleven percent of Democrats even said there was “no way” they would vote for her.
Part of the bad news apparently comes with being the front-runner. Real estate mogul Donald Trump leads the GOP field with 28 percent support, but a worrisome 26 percent of Republicans voters said they would definitely not support him.
It probably has something to do with “arrogant” being used more than any other word to describe the billionaire businessman. “Blowhard” came in second.
However, Trump wasn’t alone. Eighteen percent of respondents said there was “no way” they would vote for Jeb Bush.
Unsurprisingly, “Bush” was the most used word on Bush’s list, indicating that he’s probably not doing a stellar job of separating himself from the legacy of his presidential family.
Being known as a “liar,” however, seems slightly more worrisome for a candidate who currently has the FBI investigating her private email server. Clinton’s reputation for dishonesty also helps explain Vice President Joe Biden’s popularity in the same poll, where he scored a higher favorability than any of the other contenders.
“Note to Biden: They like you, they really like you, or they like you more than the others,” said Tim Malloy, the associate director for the survey.
All in all, the poll results demonstrate the tattered state of Clinton’s reputation among voters.
It looks like her decision to use a private email server during her time as secretary of state isn’t turning out to be as “convenient” as she had hoped.