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Poll finds gaps in Hillary Clinton's empathy rating (but still may want to prepare for maybe 10 more years of this)

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Most Democrats see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as somebody who can empathize with the average American as well as any other candidate, but independents aren't so sure, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey.

The survey was conducted from June 26-28, when Hillary Clinton’s “inartful” comments on her family’s wealth topped the news cycle.

Eighty-six percent of self-identified Democrats responding to the survey said Clinton can “can relate to and understand the problems of average Americans” as well as any candidate, while only 10 percent of Democrats disagreed.

Meanwhile, Republicans obviously felt differently about the issue, with 68 percent of GOP-identifying survey respondents saying Clinton can’t relate to average Americans as well as other candidates, while only 27 percent say she can.

Independents were much more divided on the issue, with 46 percent saying Clinton is relatable and 44 percent saying the opposite.

The survey polled only 592 U.S. adults aged 18 and older, so the margin of error is plus or minus 5.1 percent.

Overall, 55 percent of all respondents said Clinton can relate, compared to 37 percent who said she can't.

Despite its relatively small and limited sample size, the poll will likely be touted as good news by Clinton fans, as she has floundered recently while trying to discuss her family’s wealth.

She was raked over the coals in recent weeks for first claiming that she and her husband were “dead broke” when the left the White House in 2001 and later criticized for claiming that her family isn't truly “well off.”

Indeed, the poll could embolden Clinton as she continues her Hard Choices book tour, which has been a "long slog," according to MSNBC co-host Willie Geist.

“Ten years, man,” NBC News' Chuck Todd said, referring to Clinton's possible White House ambitions. “We could have 10 more years of the Clintons, by the way.”

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T. Becket Adams

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The Washington Examiner

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