WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Democratic presidential frontrunner and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton increasingly suffers high negative ratings from the independent voters she needs to win over, a new Monmouth University Polling Institute survey said, according to a press release.
“The Monmouth University poll also found that Hillary Clinton has high negative ratings among independent voters, currently standing at 27 percent favorable to 52 percent unfavorable,” the release read on Wednesday.
“Her overall voter rating is 38 percent favorable to 48 percent unfavorable, which is slightly worse than the overall 41 percent to 44 percent rating she received two months ago,” the release explained.
The drop was driven mostly by a decline in favorability among Democratic voters from 83 percent in June to 76 percent in the current poll.
“Opinion among Clinton’s fellow Democrats has declined,” Monmouth University Polling Institute Director Patrick Murray said in the press release. “Unless those numbers come down substantially in the next few months, the independent voter group is the one to watch.”
Clinton was widely expected not to face any serious challenge for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, but has been losing ground to 73-year-old
Senator Bernie Sanders, who leads her in the key early primary state of New Hampshire, according to a new Boston Herald poll released on Wednesday.