Gap shrinks between Hillary Clinton and Republicans
August 14th, 2014
08:36 AM ET
2 months ago

Gap shrinks between Hillary Clinton and Republicans

(CNN) – While Hillary Clinton still maintains an advantage over potential GOP rivals in 2016, a new poll shows that her lead is narrowing.

And as her book tour has received extensive coverage, her support has dropped below 50%, according to the McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday.

The survey also looks at the 2016 Republican primary and who fares best among the potential candidates.

Clinton vs. Republican

In a hypothetical matchup against Sen. Rand Paul, Clinton bests the Kentucky Republican, 48%-42%, with 10% undecided. The 6-point margin is equal to the poll's sampling error, and the gap is narrower than in April, when Clinton had a 55%-39%

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Matched against Gov. Chris Christie, Clinton leads the New Jersey Republican, 47%-41%, with 12% of voters undecided. That's down from her 53%-42% advantage over Christie in April.

Clinton has also lost her wide margin over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who she leads 48%-41%, down from her 55%-39% advantage in April.

Republican primary

The poll also asked Republicans and Republican-leaning independents who they would support in the GOP presidential primary. Like nearly every other 2016 poll, the McClatchy-Marist poll indicates there is no frontrunner in the race, and nearly a quarter of Republicans are undecided.

Bush and Christie tie for the top spot at 13% each, with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas following behind at 10%. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who served as the 2012 vice presidential nominee, ties with Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida at 9%.

Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry tie at 7% each. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal all receive less than 5% of support.

The poll also indicates that Paul, while trying to expand the Republican Party has lost support among tea party supporters. In April, he came in at 20% among tea party backers, with Cruz at 6%. Paul now has only has 7% support from the group, compared to Cruz at 15% - the top spot.

The survey was conducted on August 4 with 1,035 adults, including 806 registered voters, questioned over the phone. The registered voters’ subset has a sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. For questions about the 2016 GOP primary, 342 Republicans and Republican-leaning independents were interviewed, with a sampling error of plus minus 5.3 percentage points.


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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    People that think republicans win or do good for USA are the ones old, color biased, few red state idiots, un-educated, NRA thugs, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rowe, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck type idiots with pure color junk in modern era. Just grow up mad mingle now centuries. What is Benghazi? Nothing wrong when compared to no WMD, Trickle down nonsense. More so Iraq war killed millions and looted our treasury. Big deal. Hillary16.
    PS: Bill Clinton era the golden era.

    August 14, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  2. austin powers

    Look at his state, he's under multiple investigations, and you idiots think that translates into a good candidate, SMH, tax breaks for the rich, cut education, all sounds good huh, then why is his state doing so horribly bad?

    August 14, 2014 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    People need to really look around........lousy economy, half the country on welfare, lousy roads, and now race riots AGAIN!

    The Democrats are turning the country into a shambles........literally.

    August 14, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Well Fox-lite once again, your plan is working....

    Or it could be that 1,000 people hardly reflects the entire US. Another useless poll.

    FIFY

    August 14, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  5. yolanda

    @Gurgyl, why do you feel it is necessary to belittle everyone whose politics differ from yours? It speaks more to your intolerance than theirs. You sound more like @Tampa every day.....and that is not a compliment.

    August 14, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  6. austin powers

    Rick, it was a white cop who shot s unarmed kid, shot him three different times, once as the kid tried to keep the cop from killing him right by the car, once when he got out as the kid was running, and several (5or6) more times after he put his hands up and asked the cop not yo shoot him anymore, and I for one believe the cop will get a very favorable outcome, considering. We will have to wait, but three outside witnesses stories all the same, same as the friend present, but, not, the same as the cops .

    August 14, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The poll also indicates that Paul, while trying to expand the Republican Party has lost support among tea party supporters."

    Uh-oh. Looks as if Rand Paul is learning the hard way: have pander ... will lose. Dude thinks he can bypass and thumb his nose at the only group that supported his bid as junior senator from Kentucky. That position is, of course, his ONLY congressional experience to date.

    August 14, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Lizzie

    austin powers, so glad you been in MO, did you get it on your I-phone, put it on u-tube for everyone to see.

    August 14, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    People need to really look around........lousy economy, half the country on welfare, lousy roads, and now race riots AGAIN!
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    People have looked around. Why do you think they elected a Democrat for the White House? People know that Republicans have not proposed anything to help the economy. People know that Republican economic policies played the biggest role in crashing the economy, which sent people looking for government assistance. People know that Republicans have blocked infrastructure bills, labeling them job killers.

    Race riots? Not hardly. People have noticed that it seems that every time one of these acts of police violence against an unarmed minority victim habitually ends with the victim being killed. Race riots? People are angry at the police for not being transparent. Race riots? The police are overreacting with overwhelming force, and are more and more appearing to be the aggressor, which is exactly what the people are protesting about.

    Why is it a "race riot" only when minorities are protesting? Why wasn't the near shootout at the Bundy ranch labeled as racially motivated? Why weren't some of the Tea Party rallies in DC, where people carried racially derogatory signs, labeled as racially motivated? Why is it when those incidents *are* criticized as racially motivated, the critics are labeled as racists?

    August 14, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Rick McDaniel
    People need to really look around........lousy economy, half the country on welfare, lousy roads, and now race riots AGAIN!

    The Democrats are turning the country into a shambles........literally.
    ------------

    Nah. If anything, America is once again waking up to that political underbelly of nastiness which every few decades hits folks full across the face reminding us of the ugly truth that most folks spend their lives sweeping under the rug pretending doesn't exist. For them, anyway.

    The media has been screaming for riots of some type. Indeed. The media has fostered the ability to create that which they deem necessary for ratings.

    August 14, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    austin powers says:
    August 14, 2014 09:32 am at 9:32 am
    Rick, it was a white cop who shot s unarmed kid, shot him three different times, once as the kid tried to keep the cop from killing him right by the car, once when he got out as the kid was running, and several (5or6) more times after he put his hands up and asked the cop not yo shoot him anymore, and I for one believe the cop will get a very favorable outcome, considering. We will have to wait, but three outside witnesses stories all the same, same as the friend present, but, not, the same as the cops .

    Cops lie and stick together. Their automatic justification for killing any unarmed person, especially a young black male is, they were going for my gun. It worked for GZ and it works for every single cop that uses it. I don't believe a word they say.

    About 12 years ago I was at home alone. I was taking a bath, for some reason as I walked past my sons bedroom I looked outside. There was a guy in my backyard ducking down. I called the cops and they must have been around the corner because they were there in about 5 minutes. They apprehended the guy in my backyard. When we went to court I went to tell the truth. The cop that came to my house pulled me to the side and told me to testify that when he caught the guy he was trying to climb in my window. I told him no. Because he wasn't. The only thing I saw was someone ducking down in my backyard. There was no way I was going to lie on the stand and send someone to prison for hiding in my yard. Months later I ran into the young man. He thanked me for telling the truth and told me that he was being shot at and he didn't realize where he was running to. He was just looking for a place to hide.

    The cops do not always tell the truth and they do stick together.

    August 14, 2014 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Rudy NYC

    Race riots? Not hardly. People have noticed that it seems that every time one of these acts of police violence against an unarmed minority victim habitually ends with the victim being killed. Race riots? People are angry at the police for not being transparent. Race riots? The police are overreacting with overwhelming force, and are more and more appearing to be the aggressor, which is exactly what the people are protesting about.

    Why is it a "race riot" only when minorities are protesting? Why wasn't the near shootout at the Bundy ranch labeled as racially motivated? Why weren't some of the Tea Party rallies in DC, where people carried racially derogatory signs, labeled as racially motivated? Why is it when those incidents *are* criticized as racially motivated, the critics are labeled as racists?
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    Why is it when a white police officer kills a white person none of this happens? Or are you saying that never happens?

    August 14, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  13. Gurgyl

    --I am NOT belittling any one and just focusing facts. Factum Valet. True. Thanks, Yolanda.

    August 14, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  14. it must be said

    And as her book tour has received extensive coverage, her support has dropped below 50%, according to the McClatchy-Marist poll released Thursday.
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    Yeah, just like in 2008, the more people see and hear Hillary, the less they like her, especially the far left looney tune progressive wing that controls the Democrat/Communist Party. I'm telling you lefties, better dust off Crazy Joe or Lyin' Dog Warren because Hillary is sinking faster than Obama's poll numbers!

    August 14, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  15. ARMYCSM

    @RickieMac, I look around and I see progress, a new birth...a new begining, a glass that is half-full. Rick what you see is the vision that Fox News has provided to you. Think for yourself and stop being so negative and hateful. You are drinking poison and thinking it will kill anyone who doens't see the country according to your vision. The country is changing.

    August 14, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Why is it when a white police officer kills a white person none of this happens? Or are you saying that never happens?

    I don't know Fair. Could it be that there is justice for the white race? Do you think if TM was white , do you think GZ would be free right now? I don't. Just like another case I read about. Two teen cousins actually broke in a mans home. They had done it once before and this time he was waiting for them. When these two teenage thugs broke into this mans house he blew them away. Guess what? Dude is in prison right now for double murder of those two law breaking innocent thugs that broke into his home. They said he set a trap for them. They wouldn't have gotten caught in a trap if they weren't committing a crime.

    I think it happened in MO about 2 years ago. That's just my opinion about what I see every single day.

    August 14, 2014 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @Rudy NYC
    Rick McDaniel

    People need to really look around........lousy economy, half the country on welfare, lousy roads, and now race riots AGAIN!
    -----------––
    People have looked around. Why do you think they elected a Democrat for the White House? People know that Republicans have not proposed anything to help the economy. People know that Republican economic policies played the biggest role in crashing the economy, which sent people looking for government assistance. People know that Republicans have blocked infrastructure bills, labeling them job killers.

    Race riots? Not hardly. People have noticed that it seems that every time one of these acts of police violence against an unarmed minority victim habitually ends with the victim being killed. Race riots? People are angry at the police for not being transparent. Race riots? The police are overreacting with overwhelming force, and are more and more appearing to be the aggressor, which is exactly what the people are protesting about.

    Why is it a "race riot" only when minorities are protesting? Why wasn't the near shootout at the Bundy ranch labeled as racially motivated? Why weren't some of the Tea Party rallies in DC, where people carried racially derogatory signs, labeled as racially motivated? Why is it when those incidents *are* criticized as racially motivated, the critics are labeled as racists?
    ---------------–
    And there have been a number of Tea Party "enthusiasts" going ahead and acting out with guns on the not-so-veiled racial overtones of the OK-to-threaten-violence mentality. Oh yes TP sponsored race violence has been here for a while.

    August 14, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why is it when a white police officer kills a white person none of this happens? Or are you saying that never happens?
    ----------------------------------------------------–
    You're being purposefully disingenous here.
    You know exactly what this is about.

    @ yolanda
    You sound more like @Tampa every day.....and that is not a compliment
    -----------------------------------------------------
    Actually it is yolanda.
    Tampa Tim gas been posting here for quite sometime, longer than you.
    His posts are factual and to the point.
    I believe he's reached after so many years of posting his limit in explaining the obvious to folks that do not want to take facts into account. Thus his recent penchant for tongue-in-cheek comments.
    Gurgyl can't stand current Republicans in office and doesn't understand why folks would want to support these people.
    I can't say that I blame her. Most of us feel the same way.

    August 14, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |