In a Gallup poll released Thursday, Americans were asked whether they had a favorable or unfavorable opinion of 16 possible presidential candidates in 2016 — 11 Republicans and five Democrats — as well as their familiarity with each name. Gallup then charted the data, into four quadrants, to identify the candidates that Americans most know and love.
Clinton has a clear lead on both fronts. Eighty-nine percent of Americans were “familiar enough with Clinton to have an opinion of her,” while 50 percent had a favorable opinion of the former secretary of state and 39 percent had an unfavorable opinion.
Yes, it’s one of those craftily worded and measured Gallup ploys that are often designed to lead them to get results to back up predetermined conclusions.
It is fairly easy to discount polls this far out and it would do everyone well to remember that this was how Mrs. Bill was polling at this juncture in the 2008 primary cycle. Some guy named Obama wasn’t even being asked about then.
Still, after all that’s gone on in the last couple of weeks it’s OK to bang your head against the wall and mutter, “REALLY?!?” over and over.
That’s what I’m off to do.