Quinnipiac University polling made news for the second day in a row on Friday, this time releasing a new poll showing that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is back on top with a strong, improved showing in Iowa. In yesterday’s news from Quinnpiac University polling, Donald Trump was shown to trail Dr. Ben Carson badly for the first time.
According to CNN, the Quinnipiac poll released Friday of likely Iowa Democratic Caucus participants, showed Hillary Clinton with 51 percent of the vote, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont with 40 percent. This compares to results of a September 10 survey by Quinnipiac showing Sanders at 41 percent, with Clinton at 40 percent. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gets 4 percent of Iowa likely Democratic Caucus participants, with no other candidate even scoring 1 percent and 4 percent undecided.
The results of the Quinnipiac poll mirror a new poll released Thursday morning by Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll, which found Clinton leading Sanders 48 percent – 41 percent in Iowa. The two polls (Quinnipiac and Bloomberg) did not include Vice President Joe Biden, who announced on Wednesday that he will not seek the Democratic nomination, acknowledging her “ran out of time.”
The strong Hillary Clinton had a strong debate performance, with a big assist from Bernie Sanders, who slammed Republicans for the so-called State Department email controversy. Sanders turned to Clinton and said, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.” That statement was a “game changer,” as these two polls showed.
The results also come on the backdrop of Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Select Benghazi Committee, chaired by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). House Republicans questioned Hillary Clinton for a total of 10 hours and 59 minutes of testimony, and Clinton held up remarkably well. When asked after the hearing what new ground was broken in Hillary Clinton’s testimony, Rep. Gowdy had a one-word response.
Rep. Gowdy regained his composure, “I think some of Jimmy Jordan’s questioning — well, when you say new today, we knew some of that already. We knew about the emails. In terms of her testimony? I don’t know that she testified that much differently today than she has the previous time she testified.”
In other words, Gowdy and the House Republicans learned nothing new and accomplished nothing after 10 hours and 59 minutes of testimony.
Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said about the poll showing Hillary Clinton’s “Strong debate performance.” Brown said, that it “Doesn’t always translate into better poll numbers, but it sure did for Hillary Clinton. Likely Iowa Caucus participants who watched or listened to the debate scored it 2 – 1 for the former secretary of state.”
“Clinton had been losing momentum among the key Iowa Caucus participants and last month was tied with Sen. Bernie Sanders, who seemed to have the momentum in Iowa and nationally. But the debate seemed to reverse that trend and once again she is the leader of the pack in Iowa,” Brown added.
Among the 48 percent of Iowa likely Democratic Caucus participants who watched or listened to last week’s Democratic debate, 62 percent say Clinton did the best job, with 31 percent for Sanders and 3 percent for O’Malley.
Chafee did the worst job, 39 percent say, and 37 percent say Webb did worst.
Rating Clinton’s personal qualities, Iowa Democrats say:
• 70 – 24 percent that she is honest and trustworthy;
• 92 – 7 percent that she has strong leadership qualities;
• 83 – 15 percent that she cares about their needs and problems;
• 92 – 7 percent that she has the right kind of experience to be president.
Rating Sanders, Democrats say:
• 87 – 5 percent that he is honest and trustworthy;
• 71 – 17 percent that he has strong leadership qualities;
• 86 – 7 percent that he cares about their needs and problems;
• 60 – 27 percent that he has the right kind of experience to be president.
From October 14 – 20, Quinnipiac University surveyed 592 likely Iowa Democratic Caucus participants with a margin of error of +/- 4 percentage points.