Dr. Ben Carson Gaining An Edge on Favorability Rating Over Hillary Clinton

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Things don’t appear to be going well for Hillary Clinton. Her quest for the Democratic nomination appears to be on the rocks, but she will probably not give up.

Her problems with her personal emails due to her refusal to release them all are now compounded as one Republican presidential hopeful rises in polling against her.

Ben Carson, the black conservative retired pediatric neurosurgeon has a higher favorability rating than every other potential 2016 presidential candidate, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a new poll released last Wednesday.

The Gallup survey conducted over three days, March 2-4, of 1,522 adults, Ben Carson showed a 12 percent favorable rating compared to 11 percent for Clinton, in second place. That is not good news for Democrat hopeful.

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Don’t expect Hillary to fold up her tent and leave, though, because it is early days and she has a big following.

BenCarson’s familiarity rating is far lower than Hillary, at 28 percent compared to her 89 percent, because he has not been in the public eye for anywhere near long enough to be easily recognized. This figure of 28 percent makes him one of the three least known potential candidates of the 16 tested.

That news is not actually as bad as it appears to be for the GOP.

According to the Jewish Political News and Updates, “The upside to being less known is many people don’t dislike Carson, because they haven’t been exposed to enough information to have a negative outlook. The polls also show that so few of the less well-known candidates this year start off with strongly positive net favorability.”

Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal also all have positive favorability ratings, but all are lower than Carson’s rating, yet they are all better known to the public than he is.

Some of the GOP candidates have negative favorability numbers: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, and former Texas Governor Rick Perry. But they can all claim scores far higher than Carson on familiarity, according to the Gallup poll.

Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. His BS in journalism from University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.

Dwight has 30 years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. A native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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