Donald Trump’s Republican lead is only 7 points smaller than Hillary Clinton’s …

27 Aug 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Could this be the poll Joe Biden was waiting for?.

WASHINGTON – A new national poll shows Vice President Biden faring better than Hillary Clinton in match-ups against top Republican presidential candidates, as the VP weighs jumping into the race.

Businessman Donald Trump is leading his next-closest Republican presidential competitor by 16 points in a Quinnipiac poll released Thursday that saw his support jump 8 points from one released in late July. The Quinnipiac University National Poll comes on the heels of another showing Biden running strong in head-to-head match-ups against Republicans in key swing states. After Donald Trump finishes plastering a snarling face on conservatism, any Republican nominee will face a dauntingly steep climb to reach even the paltry numbers that doomed Mitt Romney.

The Braves drove us to distraction and brought “termination” to Frank Wren, the general manager who built them, by swinging big, missing big and spitting the bit in September. Trump was the first choice of 28 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters in the national poll, followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12 percent and former Florida Gov.

Biden continues to weigh a potential bid, as Clinton struggles with the controversy over her personal email and server, and faces eroding poll numbers. The Quinnipiac poll showed her with her worst favorability rating yet – with only 39 percent holding a favorable view of her, compared with 51 percent who don’t. Clinton weighed in on the Biden rumors Wednesday, saying in Iowa that, “He should have the space and the opportunity to decide what he wants to do.” Vice President Joseph Biden has the best appeal in general election matchups against top Republicans.” Biden has left the door open on a 2016 presidential run all year, but stepped up his examination of a run in recent days and taken concrete steps to explore a run. “Note to Biden: They like you, they really like you, or they like you more than the others,” said Malloy. “If he is sitting on the fence, his scores in the matchups and his favorability ratings may compel him to say, ‘Let’s do this.’” The survey finds Biden would beat leading Republican candidates Trump, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio by larger margins than Clinton or Sanders in hypothetical matchups.

And Biden has been spared the GOP attacks and press scrutiny Clinton has endured for the past year, so his numbers would likely come down once he became a target. But the poll will undoubtedly be seen by Biden allies as evidence of his strength and Clinton’s weakness, and has already been used by Republicans as a cudgel against Clinton. The former secretary of state has made electability one of her top arguments when trying to win over Democrats, so findings like this one could damage her where it matters most. If the Republicans’ 2016 nominee does not do better than Romney did among nonwhite voters, he will need 65 percent of the white vote, which was last achieved by Ronald Reagan when carrying 49 states in 1984. More troublingly, the poll finds Clinton’s popularity underwater with 51% giving her a negative favorability rating compared to just 39% rating her positively.

And there’s more bad news for Clinton. “Liar” is the most common word that came to respondents’ minds when they were asked an open-ended question about the first thing they think of when thinking of Clinton. Trump is indifferent to those conservative tenets (e.g., frugality: He welcomed Obama’s stimulus) to which he is not hostile (e.g., property rights: He adored the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision vastly expanding government’s power of eminent domain). That was followed by “dishonest” and “untrustworthy,” before she finally gets better words like “experience” and “strong.” The poll included both Republicans and Democrats. They properly execrate Obama’s executive highhandedness that expresses progressivism’s traditional disdain for the separation of powers that often makes government action difficult. For conservatives, this is the dispiriting irony: The administrative state’s intrusiveness (e.g., its regulatory burdens), irrationalities (e.g., the tax code’s toll on economic growth), incompetence (Amtrak, ethanol, etc.) and illegality (we see you, IRS) may benefit the principal architect of this state, the Democratic Party.

This is because the other party’s talented critics of the administrative state are being drowned out by Trump’s recent discovery that Americans understandably disgusted by government can be beguiled by a summons to Caesarism. Alabama Democrat George Wallace four times ran for president with salvos against Washington’s “briefcase totin’ bureaucrats who can’t even park their bicycles straight.” What is new is Trump promising, in the name of strength, to put America into a defensive crouch against “cunning” Mexicans and others. Trump, the top 10 answers were “arrogant,” “blowhard,” “idiot,” “businessman,” “clown,” “honest,” “ego,” “money,” “outspoken” and “crazy.” And a plurality — 48 percent to 45 percent — said they think someone with experience as a Washington outsider would better help them serve effectively as president, as opposed to someone who has experience in Washington.

Trump does not have the right kind of temperament and personality to handle an international crisis as president, compared to 31 percent who said he does. In 2011, when Trump was a voluble “birther” — you remember: Obama supposedly was not born in America, hence he is an illegitimate president — an interviewer asked if he had people “searching in Hawaii” for facts. “Absolutely,” Trump said. “They can’t believe what they’re finding.” Trump reticence is rare, but he has never shared those findings. If in November 2016, the fragments of an ever smaller and more homogenous GOP might be picked up with tweezers, Trump, having taken his act elsewhere, will look back over his shoulder at the wreckage he wrought and say: Oh, never mind.

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