On Fox News Live, radio host Mark Williams claimed, "I've been in upstate New York in the Albany area for the last couple of weeks, and I have yet to meet anybody who likes" Sen. Hillary Clinton. However, two recent polls of likely New York state Democratic primary voters show that a majority of respondents from the upstate region said they will support Clinton in the February 5 Democratic primary.
Appearing on the February 2 edition of Fox News Live, radio host Mark Williams said of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), "I've been in upstate New York in the Albany area for the last couple of weeks, and I have yet to meet anybody who likes this woman." However, according to a January 30-31 SurveyUSA poll and a January 30-31 WNBC/Marist poll, both of likely New York state Democratic primary voters, a majority of respondents from upstate New York say that they will support Clinton in the February 5 Democratic primary.
From the 4 p.m. ET hour of the February 2 edition of Fox News Live:
GREG JARRETT (co-host): David, you know, we hear all the time that polls say Hillary is polarizing. Does that mean, though, that people nevertheless respect her intellect?
DAVID CORN (Mother Jones Washington bureau chief): Well, I know there are a lot of people watching this network whose hair is going to turn on fire when they see numbers like this. Because there are a lot of people out there who really dislike Hillary Clinton, but that's not all the population. A lot of people out there do think she's experienced, that she's intelligent, and whether they support her politically or not.
And what's interesting is, these numbers don't say much about Super Tuesday. What they say is something big about the next Tuesday in November, the one that really counts. And you look at Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton being people that the public would like to see talk on TV for the next four years -- more than the leading Republican candidates. And they see Hillary, at least, as being prepared, if not more prepared, than John McCain to win.
So if you're John McCain or Mitt Romney, you look at these numbers, you should be kind of worried.
JULIE BANDERAS (co-host): But if you are Hillary Clinton and you look at the numbers of the poll that we're about to show you, Mark, you're a little confused. And I don't know, how does she get herself out of this one? Here's the question: Most likely to embarrass the county. Clinton, number one there, 37 percent; and Romney, McCain, Obama all trailing pretty significantly. I mean, at this point -- I think, first of all, what is Hillary to do at this point? I mean, she's getting close to Super Tuesday. You've got polls out there that say that basically she's so unlikable. Obviously blame the husband, I would imagine, right?
WILLIAMS: Well, partly. I mean, I've been in upstate New York in the Albany area for the last couple of weeks, and I have yet to meet anybody who likes this woman. And in terms of embarrassing the country, that's a given. If she gets elected we're going to be having office pools over the exact date and time.