Polls show voters losing trust in Clinton

Hillary Clinton is trying to sell superdelegates on her electability. And, her campaigni is trying anything and everything to prove the point. Greg Sargent at TPM Election Central was told by top Clinton strategist Harold Ickes that Rev. Wright is a “key topic” for the Clinton camp’s talks with the superdelegates. Allegedly thirty-five years of experience and that’s the “key topic”? That’s actually pathetic.

I imagine superdelegates aren’t just listening to the Clinton campaign spin. Chances are, many of them are looking at polls. And, if anything, the constant flow of independent polling numbers undermines Clinton’s electability argument. The longer the race goes on, the worse it is getting for Clinton. Today’s Wall Street Journal analysis of polling on the trust issue doesn’t help:

In the weeks before the Pennsylvania primary, Sen. Hillary Clinton not only lags Sen. Barack Obama in the race for delegates, she also is losing ground in her effort to convince voters that she is trustworthy.

The debate over her record has left Sen. Clinton confronting her lowest approval rating since April 2006, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released last week.

According to the survey, 29% of the approximately 1,000 respondents said they had a very negative opinion of Sen. Clinton compared with 15% for Sen. Barack Obama and 12% for Sen. John McCain, the likely Republican nominee.

A Pew Research survey released last week shows 29% of Democratic voters describe Sen. Clinton as “phony,” compared with 14% for Sen. Obama.

The Clinton campaign has created this dynamic. And, Hillary’s own words continue to undermine her. As Jed shows again, there is plenty of material:

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