Chuck Todd says the “Benghazi effect” on Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers show she “strengthened her hold on the Democratic nomination and at the same time, showed more vulnerability with the middle of the electorate.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on Tuesday, the host of “Meet the Press” argued that the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll which shows that Clinton is underwater in her favorability numbers prove, “she has a long way to go with the middle of the electorate when it comes to honest and trustworthy numbers.”
Host Andrea Mitchell noted that a “warning sign” for Clinton is that “She’s an overwhelming favorite among Democrats but as a general election nominee she has a net negative.”
Chuck Todd explained the poll, which was conducted right before and right after Clinton’s Benghazi Committee testimony, shows that Clinton “improved among Democrats and simultaneously got worse among independents.”
Thus the “Benghazi effect” shows that Clinton “strengthened her hold on the Democratic nomination and at the same time, showed more vulnerability with the middle of the electorate. And that to me only should add to the warning signs.”
According to the NBC/WSJ poll which asked about “your feelings about” the presidential candidates, Clinton has a 40 percent positive favorability compared to a 47 percent negative favorability. Sanders on the other hand has a 34 percent positive favorability compared to a 28 percent negative favorability.