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Does Hillary Clinton’s Trustworthiness Matter?.

JP UPDATES – While Jeb Bush is currently attracting the attention on the Republican side of the aisle, fresh off his campaign kickoff earlier this week, Florida Senator Marco Rubio is slowly emerging as the most electable Republican nominee against Hillary Clinton in three of the most critical swing states. A majority of voters in three swing states — Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania — don’t believe the Democratic front-runner is honest or trustworthy.

Polls show Hillary Clinton has two problems with voters: They doubt that she is trustworthy and they’re divided over whether she cares about people like them.MIAMI (CBSMiami/NSF) – Democrat Hillary Clinton holds slight edges over Republicans Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush in potential 2016 presidential battles in Florida, but voters are concerned about the honesty and trustworthiness of the former secretary of state, a new poll shows. Rubio trails Clinton by 3 percentage points in Florida and Ohio, and leading by one in Pennsylvania, running closest out of eight Republican contenders in a hypothetical general election matchup, according to a Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll released Wednesday morning. But Democrats and Clinton supporters believe that empathy will matter a lot more in the long run, arguing that her low scores on honesty are a reflection of her new status as a partisan political figure. “People are looking first and foremost for someone who will look out for them, fight for them, and get things done for them,” said Geoff Garin, a Democratic pollster who worked on Clinton’s 2008 campaign. If the general election were held now and Clinton were the Democratic nominee, Rubio would be Clinton’s top threat by a “tiny” edge, said Peter A.

In Pennsylvania, she is at 44 percent with Rubio at 43 percent. “Secretary Clinton continues to out-poll most major Republican wannabes in the Sunshine State. Another Democratic pollster, Celinda Lake, agreed. “The question for voters, are you in touch with my life and do you have a plan,” she said. “At the end of the day, the trust dimension that matters to people is they will to to look after them.” The Clinton campaign is building its strategy around that logic. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll, said that perhaps the most troubling issue for Clinton “is how she is perceived by voters who continue to say she is not honest and trustworthy.” In Florida, 43 percent of voters said they think Clinton is honest and trustworthy, while 51 percent said they do not, according to the poll. Bernie Sanders by only 10 points — 41-31 percent.“It’s another indication that the more people know about Bernie and what he stands for the more they like him,” said Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs.

On the campaign trail, Clinton likes to tell voters that the campaign “is not about me, it’s about you,” saying she wants to be “a champion” for “everyday Americans.” “I’m running for everyone who’s been knocked down, but not knocked out,” she said in South Carolina Wednesday. Bush trails Clinton in all three states, the poll found, though by small margins: 41 percent to 42 percent in Ohio, 42 percent to 46 percent in his home state, and 41 percent to 45 percent in Pennsylvania.

Her policies, including universal pre-kindergarten, automatic voter registration, and her economic vision, also reflect a populist tilt. “We are just now launching the campaign in earnest and the key question in this campaign as it relates to trust is, who can everyday Americans trust to go to bat for them.” He continued: “I am absolutely confident when she lays out her case it will be very clear to people that she will be that champion to stand up for them every single day.” Republicans, meantime, have attempted to hit Clinton on both trustworthiness and empathy. Scott Walker, a top challenger in early Republican primary contests, isn’t doing as well as the leading rivals against Clinton in swing-state matchups, the survey found. Scott Walker has argued that she’s “out of touch” with everyday Americans. “Whether it’s her flip flops on trade, secret email server or foreign donors to her foundation, Hillary Clinton is giving Americans plenty of reasons not to vote for her,” said Michael Short, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee. Republican candidates and potential candidates for the presidency are also making stops in New Hampshire this week including Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, John Kasich and Donald Trump.

As Clinton seeks to become the first female president, her support in Florida has been buoyed by women voters, Brown said in prepared remarks accompanying the poll. “The margin (against Rubio and Bush) stems from her ability to keep the gender gap running in her favor,” Brown said. “She holds low double digit leads among women when matched against either man and that is enough to make the difference.” The poll was conducted from June 4 to Monday, which was the day Bush announced his candidacy during a heavily publicized event in Kendall. Bush scores 52 – 36 percent on being honest, 62 – 29 percent on strong leadership and 48 – 43 percent for caring for voters’ needs and problems. Republican pollster Neil Newhouse, who worked for Mitt Romney’s campaign in 2012, said that ultimately it will come down to how Clinton compares to her general election opponent.

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