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Megan McArdle

In Clinton We Trust. Or Maybe Not.

A bunch of deleted e-mails could spell trouble, one way or another.
Pants on fire?

Pants on fire?

Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Hillary Clinton has a trust problem.

Her polls in head-to-head matchups with Republicans have fallen, and in a recent Quinnipiac University poll, only 37 percent of Americans considered her honest and trustworthy, compared with 52 percent for Jeb Bush. To be sure, other candidates in both parties have similar trust ratings, but the difference is that many people simply don't have an opinion about the trustworthiness of Scott Walker or Bernie Sanders. Only 6 percent of Americans are unsure about Clinton; the remaining 57 percent say they don't trust her. These numbers have held basically steady since April, but CNN suggests that she had good trustworthiness ratings before the scandal broke about the security of her e-mail when she was secretary of state. I cited the e-mail mess in April as evidence for my belief that the Clinton campaign was going to dredge up everything we hated about the Clintons when Bill was in office: the cavalier belief that rules are for other, smaller people; the aggressive image management; the financial scandals. Subsequent polling seems to have borne this out.