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This Is the No. 1 Word That Comes to Mind When People Think of Hillary Clinton


It's not good news for her.

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The top word that people associate with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is “liar,” according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The second and third options, "dishonest" and "untrustworthy," aren’t much better, demonstrating that the email scandal and perhaps other past controversies are taking their toll on Clinton, though she still leads the pack among the other Democrats seeking the party's presidential nomination.

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The poll surveyed 1,563 registered voters nationally. On the question, “What is the first word that comes to mind when you think of Hillary Clinton?" the top choice was “liar,” drawing 178 mentions. “Dishonest” was second with 123 mentions and “untrustworthy” received 93.

The fourth and fifth options are better news for Clinton: “experience” got 82 mentions and "strong" got 59.

Here's the full word list for Clinton, counting only words that were mentioned at least five times.

liar 178

dishonest 123

untrustworthy 93

experience 82

strong 59

Bill 56

woman 47

smart 31

crook 21

untruthful 19

criminal 18

deceitful 18

Democrat 16

intelligent 15

email 14

politician 13

Benghazi 12

corrupt 12

crooked 11

capable 10

determined 10

good 10

leader 9

murder 9

qualified 9

trustworthy 9

bitch 8

competent 8

phony 8

president 8

cheat 7

deceptive 7

honest 7

scandal 7

sneaky 7

ambitious 6

arrogant 6

brilliant 6

dependable 6

fair 6

sec-of-state 6

thief 6

confident 5

corporate 5

dedicated 5

devious 5

first-lady 5

lady 5

liberal 5

unqualified 5

On the Republican side, “arrogant," "blowhard," "idiot," "businessman" and "clown" were the top words for Donald Trump. For former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, it was "Bush," "family," "honest," "weak" and "brother."

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