Americans Lose Trust in Hillary Clinton as Jeb Bush Surrenders GOP Frontrunner Status

Amanda Casanova | Contributor | Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Americans Lose Trust in Hillary Clinton as Jeb Bush Surrenders GOP Frontrunner Status

Hillary Clinton’s ratings have dropped, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

According to the poll, Clinton has fallen 5 points for a total of 12 points in the last year in ratings for honesty and trustworthiness. In a head-to-head matchup with Jeb Bush, Clinton leads 47 percent to Bush’s 44 percent. Two months ago, Clinton had 53 percent and Bush had 41 percent.

In a poll of the other GOP contenders, Bush has fallen to 10 percent. Scott Walker and Rand Paul each have 11 percent. Marco Rubio also has 10 percent. Mike Huckabee has 9 percent. Ted Cruz and Ben Carson each have 8 percent support.

Bush hasn’t yet announced his candidacy, but he’s expected to make the announcement later this month. Also, Donald Trump is expected to make his candidacy announcement on June 16. According to polling, 71 percent of Americans view Trump as unfavorably. 

Also according to the poll, 45 percent of Americans see Clinton favorably. It was 67 percent during her time as secretary of state.

About 49 percent of Americans think Clinton understands their problems compared to Bush’s 35 percent. 

Other findings from the poll:

Support among women

Clinton 49 percent

Bush 43 percent

Support among moderates

Clinton 51 percent

Bush 42 percent

Whether candidate would create new policies 

Clinton 66 percent (think she’d create rather than follow Obama’s)

Bush 51 percent (think he’d create rather than follow George W. Bush’s)

Publication date: June 2, 2015

Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and She blogs at The Migraine Runner.