Jim Cole, File, Associated Press
In this May 22, 2015 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in Hampton, NH. plans to spend the summer building a case that Republicans are out of touch with the public. But many people aren’t convinced she empathizes with them, either, polls suggest, in a potential early warning sign for the Democratic front-runner as she looks ahead to the general election.

WASHINGTON — Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to spend the summer building a case that Republicans are out of touch with the concerns of most people.

But recent polls suggest Americans are split over whether Clinton herself empathizes with their needs and problems. That's a potential early warning sign for the Democratic front-runner.

According to a CNN/ORC poll released this week, about 47 percent of Americans say Clinton cares about people like them. That's down from 53 percent in the same poll last summer. An ABC News/Washington Post poll also found a slight decline over the past year on a similar question.