Since announcing her candidacy in April, Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has suffered through a horrid summer filled with scandal, missteps, and the rise of unexpected challengers. Much has also been made of Clinton’s dwindling poll numbers as many have begun to write off the former Secretary of State in favour of her much-hyped opponents.
But is the grand Clinton political machine grinding to halt? Not really. Whilst she may no longer the ‘inevitable candidate’, Hillary Clinton is still well on track to clinch the Democratic nomination despite the trials and tribulations she has faced thus far.
Opinion polling has caused significant headaches for the former First Lady over the summer, but they also tell one very clear story: Clinton is in the lead, and she is likely to remain there.
In a recent CNN/ORC poll, Clinton still leads her Democratic opponents by a healthy margin with 47% of registered Democrats and Independents claiming to support her, with her closest rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders securing 29% support, and undeclared candidate Vice President Joe Biden on just 14%.
While she has lost supporters to both the Sanders and Biden camps, Clinton still stands strong in all national polling. Additionally, when voters are asked about specific policy areas, Clinton emerges as the top choice in all major categories.
Clinton holds a 22% lead over her Democratic rivals on issues surrounding the economy, a 24% lead on race relations, 41% on foreign policy, and a slightly narrower 9% lead on income inequality.
These numbers indicate that while many voters been caught up in the rise and rise of Bernie Sanders, when it comes to the greatest challenges facing the United States, most still see Hillary Clinton as the steady, experienced hand that is capable of guiding them through.