All the attacks on Hillary Clinton by her Democratic rivals, plus her own missteps, may not only have tightened the primary race but also hurt her support among all voters.
A new national Zogby Interactive poll, released late Monday, suggests that Clinton would lose to all five leading Republicans in hypothetical matchups -- a dramatic reversal from earlier polls that showed her leading them. For instance, while she led Mitt Romney 48 percent to 38 percent in a July Zogby poll, the new poll has Romney leading Clinton 43 percent to 40 percent.
By contrast, Clinton's main Democratic challengers, Barack Obama and John Edwards, either lead or are tied in hypothetical matchups with the Republicans.
The poll results could throw another wrench in a key point in Clinton's case to Democrats -- that she is the most electable candidate. Clinton has been trying to wage a campaign to win the nomination, but also to position herself for the general election.
But a new Gallup poll released Monday night showed Clinton slightly ahead of Rudy Giuliani and John McCain in matchups, and further ahead of Fred Thompson and Romney. The poll also put Obama in a tie with Giuliani, slightly ahead of McCain, and with bigger leads over Thompson and Romney.
Her campaign also points out that the presidency is decided not by overall popular vote, but by state-by-state results in the Electoral College -- and that she still does better against Republicans than other Democrats in many key swing states that have decided recent presidential elections.
And on CBS News Monday night, Clinton exuded confidence. In an interview with anchor Katie Couric, Clinton said she hadn't really considered the possibility that she would not be the Democratic nominee.
"If it's not you, how disappointed will you be?" Couric asked.
Replied Clinton, "Well, it will be me."