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Hilary won the New York primary, but what an overall loser!

As those outside the USA watch the spectacle of what passes for a presidential election underway in America, in the latest tussle between Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton in the New York primary, Hilary won - but the analysis of her support, and how she is perceived, is nothing to cheer about.    To think of Clinton as president of the USA ought to give one cause for concern.  Then again,Trump as Chief Commander and Pres bears no thinking!

"The damage to Clinton from her battle with Sanders is borne out in the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll. The longer this race has gone on, the more she has shown vulnerabilities. The top-line number that caught the eyes of so many analysts shows her now in a dead heat with Sanders nationally - ahead of him by just two percentage points, 50-48 per cent.

Those numbers have no influence on the state-by-state results but offer a window into both the success of Sanders in generating enthusiasm and Clinton's inability to capitalise on all her political advantages. Since last October, when her candidacy began rising again after several months of controversy about her use of a private email server, she has been on a downward slide. Her lead over the Vermont senator has dropped from what was then a 31-point advantage to the current two points.


Meanwhile, her negative ratings have been rising and now outweigh her positives by 24 points, according to the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll. That makes her seen no more favourably than Cruz is. Her only salvation is that Trump's net negative is minus 41. Sanders, meanwhile, has a net positive of nine points - although it's fair to say that one reason for that is that he has received far less in the way of attacks from Republicans or scrutiny from the media than Clinton has.


Clinton's image is at or near record lows among major demographic groups. Among men, she is at minus 40. Among women, she is at minus nine. Among whites, she is at minus 39. Among white women, she is at minus 25. Among white men, she is at minus 72. Her favourability among whites at this point in the election cycle is worse than President Obama's ever has been, according to Bill McInturff, a Republican pollster who conducted the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll with Democratic pollster Peter Hart.

Minority voters have been the linchpin of Clinton's nomination strategy and were a key to her success in New York. Among African Americans nationally, the NBC-Wall Street Journal poll shows her with a net positive of 51 points. But that's down 13 points from her first-quarter average and is roughly at her lowest ever. Among Latinos, her net positive is just two points, down from plus 21 points during the first quarter."


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