Poll: Chelsea Clinton shouldn’t run

The new public-opinion survey from Morning Consult / Politico has a lot of back and forth on a lot of current issues. One spot where clarity reigns is whether Chelsea Clinton should be a candidate for public office. The answer from a plurality of voters surveyed is no.

The poll found 27 percent yes and 48 percent no.

The poll of 1,998 voters April 27-30 had Chelsea Clinton, the child of President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, with a plurality among Democrats surveyed, with 48 percent yes and 22 percent no.

But she polled at much lower support among the other two groups of voters. Republicans most opposed a candidacy, with 12 percent yes and 74 percent no. Among independents she was at 20 percent yes and 48 percent no.

Republican nominee Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. The same feeling seems to exist about Chelsea Clinton too.

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About Bob Mercer

I am a newspaper reporter in Pierre where I cover state government, issues and politics for the Aberdeen American News, the Black Hills Pioneer, the Mitchell Daily Republic, the Pierre Capital Journal, the Rapid City Journal, the Watertown Public Opinion and the Yankton Press & Dakotan. I began covering the Legislature in 1985 and have lived in Pierre since December 1986. I grew up in Wisconsin, worked my way through college, took my first full-time newspapers jobs in Wyoming, and have lived in South Dakota since the summer of 1984 when I moved to Aberdeen to join the American News. I worked for the Rapid City Journal as its state government reporter in Pierre from late 1992 through late 1998. I spent four years as press secretary and a senior aide to Gov. Bill Janklow during his fourth and final term from late 1998 through 2002. I returned to journalism in January 2003 as a self-employed reporter, providing state government coverage to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre and, depending on the year, Aberdeen newspapers. In 2008, the Aberdeen American News offered to hire me as full-time member of the AAN staff, with my reports continuing to be available to the Mitchell, Watertown, Spearfish, Pierre, Yankton and Rapid City papers. The new arrangement has been in effect since January 2009 as the seven papers continue their remarkable dedication to their readers and the general public, as the only South Dakota news outlets with a full-time reporter covering state government in Pierre throughout the year. In addition to focusing on the Legislature during the annual winter session and its various activities during the interim periods between sessions, I spend many days throughout the year -- traveling as often necessary -- to cover state government boards and commissions which oversee the state universities, technical institutes, outdoors, water, environment, business, public schools, banking, agriculture, utilities, health care and various other areas of public interest. I purposely don't register to vote because of my profession; the last time I recall voting in a presidential election was the first time, 1976, when I had just turned 18. I think I voted for Jimmy Carter over Gerald Ford. Make of that what you want, just don't make much of it.

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