Hillary Clinton’s Gun Ad Got Big Fanfare but Little Play

10 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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When Hillary Clinton’s campaign unveiled a stark campaign ad in early November urging a change in gun control laws, the move was seen as unusually bold for a candidate who has been criticized in the past for being overly cautious. A new CNN/WMUR poll released Wednesday shows the independent senator from neighboring Vermont with a 10-point lead over Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, which holds the nation’s first primary.The 2016 Democratic presidential candidates have proclaimed climate change to be one of, if not the, greatest threat facing the U.S. today, and the White House hopefuls reasserted that belief this week even as much of the nation focused exclusively on radical Islamic terrorism. It was true that it went into the rotation, but the spot was broadcast on local television only six times, according to data provided by the Campaign Media Analysis Group: It ran four times in four separate Iowa media markets, and two times in two separate New Hampshire markets, Boston and Manchester.

The data does not include local cable advertising buys, and it’s conceivable there could have been a handful of additional times when the gun ad ran on those stations. The poll found that 46% of respondents think she is the “least honest” candidate in the Democratic field, up from 33% in September and 28% in June. Though most respondents supported Sanders, 59 percent said they believe Clinton will ultimately win the state’s primary, and only 28 percent said they believed Sanders will win.

Polls show he trails badly in two other early voting states: Iowa (where Clinton is up by nearly 14 points) and South Carolina (where Clinton’s lead is a whopping 50 points). Since then, polling has shown a tight battle between the two leading Democratic candidates in the only early voting state where Clinton does not hold a significant lead. Party front-runner Hillary Clinton released her own climate platform over the summer, but it some respects it appears to be the least sweeping of the three. Conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center from November 30 to December 7, Wednesday’s poll also found that Sanders remains very popular among Democratic voters in the Granite State. Progressive leaders and environmental activists say the heavy focus on climate change — at a time when virtually all Republican presidential candidates are focused almost entirely on terrorism and national security — shows how the issue has rocketed to prominence in recent years and is of utmost importance within the Democratic Party.

Clinton has made gun control a signature piece of her stump speech since the summer, and she has called for changes to the law in the two Democratic debates. Clinton, meanwhile, was viewed 68 percent favorably to 24 percent unfavorably by likely Democratic primary voters. “I have never seen favorabilities for any candidate this high at this point in the primary,” Smith said, noting that Sanders’ net favorability has only increased since he entered the race.

Smith added that Clinton’s favorability numbers are very strong as well, especially compared to the 2016 Republican candidates, even if they don’t match her Democractic opponent. Each candidate has spoken out on the need to combat the Islamic State, and each condemned Donald Trump after he proposed barring all Muslims from entering the U.S. But climate change remains at the top of Democratic presidential primary agenda, seemingly regardless of what other issues pop up at home or around the world. O’Malley, who is languishing in the polls and has tried to make climate change a central issue for his struggling campaign, latching on to climate change may be a wise political strategy. “It is disappointing that the other Democratic candidates for president haven’t released similarly ambitious plans,” he wrote in the Concord Monitor on Tuesday. “As a nation, together, we can and must do far more — with a bold vision for America’s clean energy future and the strong leadership needed to get it done.” Mr.

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