Hillary Clinton’s coronation has been knocked off track by 74 year-old socialist from Vermont in a state which was once a stronghold of support for her. The reason? There are many, but last night voters sent a clear message that they don’t trust her. She can’t even convince voters in her own party that she will do what she says or that she’s telling the truth about what she has already done.
Consider some stats from CNN’s exit polls:
- 34% of Democrats said honesty was the top quality they were looking for in their candidate, higher than any other quality. In that group, Sanders crushed Clinton 91-5.
- Only 45% of Democrats said Clinton was trustworthy, compared to 89% for Sanders.
- Only 6% of Democrats said only Hillary Clinton was trustworthy. But 50% said only Sanders was trustworthy.
The story is similar in the AP’s exit polls:
- “Fewer than half” of Democrat voters think Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy
- “Very few” of Democrat voters said only Hillary Clinton is honest and trustworthy.
Perceptions of qualities like honesty and trustworthiness are built up over time. Shedding a negative image on those points is like turning around an aircraft carrier: it takes a long time to do.
But Hillary Clinton’s problem is much deeper than image. She’s battling against the facts: her secret email server cover-up, her family foundation’s shady dealings while Secretary of State, and her lifelong flip-flops on every policy issue. Voters see through her inauthenticity as a candidate and lack of convictions during her career in public life.
The media is also picking up on how her untrustworthiness is on track to keep her from the nomination:
Among the biggest red flags in the Dem exits for a Clinton: Sanders clobbered her among "honest/trust" voters and "cares about me" folks— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) February 10, 2016
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