Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waits to speak at the World Bank May 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim joined others to speak about women's rights. National Journal

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Q: What is Hillary Clinton's biggest challenge?

*Insiders were polled before Clinton announced on Sunday, April 12. The original question read: "With Hillary Clinton's presidential announcement seemingly imminent, what is her biggest challenge?"

(Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)DEMOCRATS (80 VOTES)

Clinton fatigue: 28%Getting the right staff around her: 26%Other: 25%Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general: 11%Her ties to the Obama administration: 6%Lingering scandals from her time as secretary of State (Benghazi, emails): 4%

Clinton fatigue

"Historic opportunity or not, everyone is tired of Hillary Clinton and her unrelatable personality. Not to mention her disconnected speaking style is exhausting to listen to. If she can pull this off, she is surrounded by magicians."

"It's unfair, but it's the collective weight of all the years of all of the anti-Clinton hate and being a lightning rod for criticism."

"Fatigue with Hillary, not Bill. Her base is shaky and bracing for the next mistake; her only hope now is the GOP field."

Getting the right staff around her

"Need new, smart, diverse voices around her and around the campaign. Having the same folks from the 1990s who sank the 2008 campaign will be disastrous."

Other

"Clinton is selling experience when voters are buying change."

"Explaining her successes as secretary of State will be a big challenge."

Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general

"She must concisely and compellingly articulate a rationale for her candidacy other than being next in line."

Her ties to the Obama administration

"Political Science 101—if Obama is popular next year, she wins. If not, possible deep doo-doo."

Q: What is Hillary Clinton's biggest challenge?

REPUBLICANS (90 VOTES)

Clinton fatigue: 29%Other: 23%Lingering scandals from her time as secretary of State (Benghazi, emails): 20%Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general: 14%Her ties to the Obama administration: 12%Getting the right staff around her: 2%

 Clinton fatigue

"Newer scandals will link younger voters to the scandals of the '90s."

"Hillary Clinton has turned into the Bob Dole of 2016. It's her turn, but the enthusiasm is muted at best. The party is nervous, and the general voters are tired of the old same act."

"Nothing says yesterday like a Clinton running for president."

Other

"She is simply not a good candidate—not likable, not good on her feet, not standing for anything definitive."

"She is the anti-populist."

Lingering scandals from her time as secretary of State

"So many scandals, so little time."

"The email scandal has hurt her polling numbers and ... isn't going away."

Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general

"Voters' response to the prospect of Bush v. Clinton: Just shoot me."

Her ties to the Obama administration

"The narrative that her election would be Obama's third term is fatal."

. . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

*Insiders were polled before Clinton announced on Sunday, April 12. The original question read: "With Hillary Clinton's presidential announcement seemingly imminent, what is her biggest challenge?"

(Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)DEMOCRATS (80 VOTES)

Clinton fatigue: 28%Getting the right staff around her: 26%Other: 25%Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general: 11%Her ties to the Obama administration: 6%Lingering scandals from her time as secretary of State (Benghazi, emails): 4%

Clinton fatigue

"Historic opportunity or not, everyone is tired of Hillary Clinton and her unrelatable personality. Not to mention her disconnected speaking style is exhausting to listen to. If she can pull this off, she is surrounded by magicians."

"It's unfair, but it's the collective weight of all the years of all of the anti-Clinton hate and being a lightning rod for criticism."

"Fatigue with Hillary, not Bill. Her base is shaky and bracing for the next mistake; her only hope now is the GOP field."

Getting the right staff around her

"Need new, smart, diverse voices around her and around the campaign. Having the same folks from the 1990s who sank the 2008 campaign will be disastrous."

Other

"Clinton is selling experience when voters are buying change."

"Explaining her successes as secretary of State will be a big challenge."

Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general

"She must concisely and compellingly articulate a rationale for her candidacy other than being next in line."

Her ties to the Obama administration

"Political Science 101—if Obama is popular next year, she wins. If not, possible deep doo-doo."

Q: What is Hillary Clinton's biggest challenge?

REPUBLICANS (90 VOTES)

Clinton fatigue: 29%Other: 23%Lingering scandals from her time as secretary of State (Benghazi, emails): 20%Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general: 14%Her ties to the Obama administration: 12%Getting the right staff around her: 2%

 Clinton fatigue

"Newer scandals will link younger voters to the scandals of the '90s."

"Hillary Clinton has turned into the Bob Dole of 2016. It's her turn, but the enthusiasm is muted at best. The party is nervous, and the general voters are tired of the old same act."

"Nothing says yesterday like a Clinton running for president."

Other

"She is simply not a good candidate—not likable, not good on her feet, not standing for anything definitive."

"She is the anti-populist."

Lingering scandals from her time as secretary of State

"So many scandals, so little time."

"The email scandal has hurt her polling numbers and ... isn't going away."

Voter discomfort with legacy candidates in general

"Voters' response to the prospect of Bush v. Clinton: Just shoot me."

Her ties to the Obama administration

"The narrative that her election would be Obama's third term is fatal."

. . . . . . . . . . .

Democratic Political Insiders  Jill Alper, John Anzalone, Brad Bannon, Dave Beattie, Andy Bechhoefer, Cornell Belcher, Matt Bennett, Mitchell W. Berger, Mike Berman, Stephanie Bosh, Paul Brathwaite, Donna Brazile, Mark Brewer, Ed Bruley, George Bruno, Bonnie Campbell, Bill Carrick, Guy Cecil, Martin J. Chavez, Tony Coelho, Larry Cohen, Jerry Crawford, Brendan Daly, Jeff Danielson, Peter Daou, Howard Dean, Scott DeFife, Jim Demers, Tad Devine, David Di Martino, Debbie Dingell, Monica Dixon, Patrick Dorton, Pat Dujakovich, Anita Dunn, Jeff Eller, Steve Elmendorf, Carter Eskew, Vic Fazio, Peter Fenn, Scott Ferson, Jim Fleischmann, Tina Flournoy, Don Foley, Jeffrey Forbes, Vincent Frillici, Gina Glantz, Niles Godes, John Michael Gonzalez, Joe Grandmaison, Anna Greenberg, Stan Greenberg, Pat Griffin, Larry Grisolano, Michael Gronstal, Lisa Grove, Marcia Hale, Jill Hanauer, Dick Harpootlian, Paul Harstad, Laura Hartigan, Doug Hattaway, Mike Henry, Karen Hicks, Leo Hindery Jr., Harold Ickes, Marcus Jadotte, John Jameson, Steve Jarding, Jonathon Jones, Jim Jordan, Gale Kaufman, Lisa Kountoupes, Celinda Lake, David Lang, Penny Lee, Chris Lehane, Jeff Link, Bob Maloney, Jim Manley, Steve Marchand, Jim Margolis, Paul Maslin, Keith Mason, Susan McCue, Gerald McEntee, Steve McMahon, Tom McMahon, Phil McNamara, David Medina, Michael Meehan, Mark Mellman, John Merrigan, Michael Monroe, Steve Murphy, Janet Napolitano, David Nassar, Marcia Nichols, John Norris, Tom Ochs, Tom O'Donnell, Jeffrey Peck, Debora Pignatelli, Tony Podesta, Jefrey Pollock, Jack Quinn, Larry Rasky, Mame Reiley, Ed Rendell, Steve Ricchetti, Will Robinson, Steve Rosenthal, David Rudd, Ryan Rudominer, John Ryan, Michael Sargeant, Stephanie Schriock, Terry Shumaker, Sean Sinclair, Phil Singer, Erik Smith, Doug Sosnik, Greg Speed, Darry Sragow, Ken Strasma, Doug Thornell, Jeffrey Trammell, Ed Turlington, Rick Wiener, James Williams, JoDee Winterhof, Brian Wolff, Jon Youngdahl, and Jim Zogby.

GOP Political Insiders  Dan Allen, Stan Anderson, Gary Andres, Saulius (Saul) Anuzis, Rich Ashooh, Whit Ayres, Brett Bader, Mitch Bainwol, Brian Baker, Gary Bauer, David Beckwith, Paul Bennecke, Clark Benson, Wayne Berman, Brian Bieron, Charlie Black, Kirk Blalock, Carmine Boal, Jeff Boeyink, Ron Bonjean, Jeff Buley, Luke Byars, Nick Calio, Al Cardenas, Danny Carroll, Alex Castellanos, Ron Christie, Jim Cicconi, Jonathan Collegio, Rob Collins, Cesar Conda, Jake Corman, Scott Cottington, Jay Cranford, Greg Crist, Diane Crookham-Johnson, Fergus Cullen, Tom Davis, Mike Dennehy, Ken Duberstein, Debi Durham, Sara Fagen, Frank Fahrenkopf, John Feehery, Don Fierce, Mindy Finn, Carl Forti, Alex Gage, Bruce A. Gates, Sam Geduldig, Adam Geller, Benjamin Ginsberg, David Girard-diCarlo, Bill Greener, Jonathan Grella, Lanny Griffith, Janet Mullins Grissom, Doug Gross, Todd Harris, Steve Hart, Christopher Healy, Ralph Hellmann, Chris Henick, Terry Holt, David Iannelli, Ed Ingle, Jim Innocenzi, Clark Judge, David Keating, David Kensinger, Bob Kjellander, Ed Kutler, Chris LaCivita, Jim Lake, Steven Law, Steve Lombardo, Kevin Madden, Joel Maiola, Gary Maloney, David Marin, Mary Matalin, Dan Mattoon, Brian McCormack, Mark McKinnon, Kyle McSlarrow, Ken Mehlman, Jim Merrill, Lisa Camooso Miller, Tim Morrison, Mike Murphy, Phil Musser, Ron Nehring, Terry Nelson, Neil Newhouse, David Norcross, Ziad Ojakli, Jack Oliver, Todd Olsen, Kevin O'Neill, Connie Partoyan, Billy Piper, Van B. Poole, Tom Rath, Scott Reed, David Rehr, Tom Reynolds, Steve Roberts, Jason Roe, David Roederer, Dan Schnur, Russ Schriefer, Rich Schwarm, Brent Seaborn, Rick Shelby, Andrew Shore, Kevin Shuvalov, Don Sipple, Ken Spain, Fred Steeper, Bob Stevenson, Terry Sullivan, David Tamasi, Eric Tanenblatt, Richard Temple, Heath Thompson, Jay Timmons, Warren Tompkins, Ted Van Der Meid, Dirk van Dongen, Jan van Lohuizen, Stewart Verdery, Dick Wadhams, John Weaver, Lezlee Westine, Dave Winston, Ginny Wolfe, Fred Wszolek, and Matthew Zablud.

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