Hillary Clinton's Global Fame May Not Help Her Win Domestic Votes

Just as U.S. President Barack Obama is often treated as a celebrity abroad but faces flagging popularity and heavy criticism at home, the same is true for Hillary Clinton: While she's a global celebrity, she is a polarizing figure at home.

That was evident Tuesday as she left a campaign event in the U. S. state of Iowa just days after announcing her run for president in 2016, when some reporters from overseas chased her van as if they were the Paparazzi covering royalty.

But despite her glamorous resume as a former First Lady and Secretary of State and a name that is recognized worldwide, that may not matter to ordinary Americans.

Rather, Americans are still interested mainly in the economy, as they always have been, and want to see a candidate who can persuade them that she understands the everyday issues of ordinary middle-class Americans.

Frank Newport, editor-in-chief at the polling company Gallup, said that Clinton is clearly one of the best known people in the U. S., but Americans' views of her, either positive or negative, are more likely to be very partisan.

Clinton's overall favorability rate, according to Gallup, is 48 percent favorable and 42 percent unfavorable. "She's an extremely well-known figure, but a polarizing figure to Americans. Some people like her, some don't," Newport told Xinhua.

"Her biggest problem is that she has a trust deficit -- people are not seeing her as honest and trustworthy," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua

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