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Hillary Clinton’s poor showing with almost every demographic group in New Hampshire could be a result of her reputation as untrustworthy and frigid, CNN reported on Wednesday.
“Bernie Sanders won big last night and now new exit polls are painting just how painful the picture is for Hillary Clinton,” anchor Carol Costello said.
Clinton lost the female vote to Sanders on Tuesday night, a demographic group her campaign has long considered her core constituency.
“Clinton losing big across groups of voters in New Hampshire to Sanders, including women. Sanders topped Clinton by over 10 percent in that category, and from there the numbers, well, they just got worse for Clinton,” Costello said.
CNN reporter Tom Foreman said that Clinton also did poorly with young voters, despite her desire to be seen as an energizing, inspirational candidate like Barack Obama in 2008.
“The age line is just destroying Hillary Clinton right now,” Foreman said. “Look at that. 83 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds went for Sanders. Just 16 percent for her.”
Foreman said Clinton did better than Sanders with voters over age 65, which would “normally” be seen as a “big win” if her numbers with younger voters weren’t so low.
While Democratic voters appreciate that Clinton is experienced, Foreman said, the prevailing image of her as dishonest and indifferent to voters’ struggles could be the reason for her abysmal poll numbers.
“This seems to be the key as to what’s going wrong here. People who supported Clinton … they like the idea that they think she’s electable, they like her experience in government, all of the years that she’s been involved,” Foreman said.
However, Foreman said only 12 percent of voters said they believed Clinton cared about them. Only 5 percent saw her as honest.
“That is eating her alive in this thing,” Foreman said.
By comparison, 52 percent of voters saw Sanders as honest.
While the Clinton campaign has tried to brush off issues about her authenticity and honesty, Foreman said that it was a big problem, as exhibited by her New Hampshire numbers.
“This plays completely into this thing the Clinton campaign is trying to handle right now about those speeches and what she’s paid, and whether she’ll release the transcripts of them,” he said, referring to the three speeches Clinton gave to Goldman Sachs in exchange for $675,000.
“[Voters] don’t feel they can trust her,” Foreman said.