She hasn’t even announced her bid for president yet, but voters, by a margin of more than three to one, believe that an adoring media will favor Hillary Clinton over the eventual Republican presidential nominee in 2016.
A new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that 41 percent of all voters believe reporters will “try to help her.” Only 13 percent said the media “try to help her Republican opponent.” A paltry 22 percent said the media would be “unbiased” in a Clinton race, and 24 percent were unsure.
Men, Republicans and conservatives expressed the highest level of confidence that the media would treat Clinton like any other candidate. Some 47 percent of men, 64 percent of Republicans and 68 percent of conservatives told Rasmussen that they expected the press to pitch in for Clinton.
And apparently voters expect to see it unfold that way since 81 percent said that Clinton will likely be the Democratic nominee if she runs. It’s even higher among the Democrats who will actually vote for her, 91 percent.
The poll found that Clinton’s favorables have dropped just a bid from her high-profile days as secretary of State. Some 51 percent have at least a somewhat favorable opinion of Clinton, while 44 percent view her unfavorably.
The poll also looked at husband Bill Clinton’s impact on her potential bid, finding that 54 percent believe he will help her bid should she run.
The national survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted on April 13-14. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.