Clinton's Approval Rating Hits 2-Year Low

Fallout from Bosnia controversy figures in; Pa. race tightens
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 1, 2008 2:45 PM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton's approval rating has dropped to its lowest level since April 2006, with 29% of poll respondents saying they have a very negative opinion of her, compared to 15% for Barack Obama and 12% for John McCain, the Wall Street Journal reports. Another poll released last week shows 29% of white Democrats describing Clinton as “phony,”  something only 14% said about her rival.

Other surveys show Clinton’s lead in Pennsylvania shrinking, with one putting it at 5 points, down from a recent 10-point gap. Nearly half of the respondents said they'd followed the candidate's recent misstatements on Bosnia very closely, Talking Points Memo reports, and another quarter said they’d followed it somewhat closely. Yet another poll, which recently showed a 19-point lead, put her Pennsylvania margin at 12 points.