Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself... and Hillary
Gallup, telling us that 62 percent of Republicans describe themselves as “afraid” if Hillary Clinton is elected president:
Democrats are only mildly afraid of any of the five Republican candidates whose names were read to them: Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney, Fred Thompson, and Mike Huckabee. The most “fear” would be generated by Giuliani and Romney, the election of whom would make 29% and 25% of Democrats afraid, respectively.)
Back to the polarizing aspect of Sen. Clinton. Thirty-five percent of Democrats would be “excited” by Hillary’s election, more than the excitement generated among Democrats by either Edwards or Obama. In other words, the thought of a Hillary presidency creates some excitement in the minds of Democrats, and a great deal of fear in the minds of Republicans.
We know that 86% Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of Hilary. That compares to 58% who have an unfavorable opinion of Edwards and 42% for Obama.
I wish Gallup had pressed respondents further – are you afraid for yourself, or for the country?