Poll: Clinton Crushes 2016 Competition

A new Quinnipiac poll finds Hillary Clinton at the top of the potential 2016 presidential field.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives applause upon her departure from her last day in office at the State Department in Washington February 1, 2013.

A new Quinnipiac poll finds Hillary Clinton at the top of the potential 2016 presidential field. In this early survey, she runs ahead of three major Republican contenders, topping Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (50% to 38%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (45% to 37%), and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (50% to 34%).

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would start a 2016 presidential campaign with enormous advantages,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “She obviously is by far the best known and her more than 20 years in the public spotlight allows her to create a very favorable impression on the American people. But it is worth noting that she had very good poll numbers in 2006 looking toward the 2008 election, before she faced a relative unknown in Barack Obama.”

Other Democrats did not fare as well as Clinton. Christie beat out Vice President Joe Biden, 43% to 40%, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, 45% to 28%. While Biden led Rubio, 45% to 38%, and Ryan, 45% to 42%, neither victory was as persuasive as Clinton’s. In the poll’s other hypothetical surveys, Ryan tops Cuomo, 42% to 37%, while Cuomo and Rubio are tied at 37%.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,944 registered voters from February 27 – March 4. The margin of error is +/- 2.2 percentage points.

11 comments
moneypro
moneypro

I do not want Bush, Clinton, Kennedy, Biden, Rubio, Christie, or any long time politician. 

Let us look to new, smarter leadership not warmed over ideas that constantly don't work, that only think spend, tax and ship jobs overseas and print funny money that makes ours worthless.

We need leaders that put America First and do not want to be the world's policeman.  Leaders who will not spend more than we have and will pay down the debt without stealing more from the hard working people of America.  Enough!

moneypro
moneypro

Why are we voters expected to continue to elect these warmed over politicians that have been inside Washington forever. 

I am tired of the long list of Bush's, Clinton"s and others within the inner circle that feel entitled.  Most of them have never had a real job. 

They are all bought and paid for and almost any new candidate can not compete as the inner circle has all of the money and all of the media time and some candidates can not even get on the ballots.

If we elect the same insiders every election and expect a different result we are FOOLS.  The ones that have been there forever constantly ignore the wishes of the electorate even when the polls say over 60-70% want change.

Even when occasionally they comply with the wishes of the voters, some judge rules against the voters.  That is NOT democracy and not really a free society.

TomAdams
TomAdams

Do we really want Bill Clinton in the White House again?  No female interns would be safe with him around.

AZWI
AZWI

Go Hillary Go!

LenaPingZheng
LenaPingZheng

@VOTE_HILLARY send u dream to :D :-D:-):-S:-\/...let them help u dream, make u dream = their dream,all let dream come true.

vicryixiv
vicryixiv

No more bushes, clintons, kennedys for me. 

I have a great deal of respect for Secretary Clinton but i'm of the opinion that we have far too many political "dynasties" in our country and will not be voting for anyone related to former presidents, by blood or marriage. 

This is a weaker argument for Hillary in 2016 than 2004 or 8, since there is not only a lot more distance between her and President Clinton but she's done quite a bit more for the US since then. I was very concerned about there being two bushes and two clintons essentially back to back in 2008 which is why i voted for Barrack in the primary. Without knowing who she'd be up against in 2016 its harder to imagine voting for someone else though. 

fidescontemplor
fidescontemplor

What about Jeb?  I think Mr. Bush could be a stronger candidate than any of those suggested.  Also.....I think it's a stretch to consider Ryan a presidential candidate....he needs a bit more time.

MrObvious
MrObvious

A lil' early? I mean wasn't she the favorite early on before 2008 and still lost? No one paid for this did they?

sacredh
sacredh

"She runs ahead of three major Republican contenders, topping Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan (50% to 38%), New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (45% to 37%), and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (50% to 34%)."

Christie would have the hardest time getting through the bagger fueled primary but would do best in a general election. That's why I love the Tea Party. They kill the best candidates for us.

fidescontemplor
fidescontemplor

@turbovega @fidescontemplor You get no disagreement from me turbo.  I don't......seriously...do not want Jeb Bush to be president.  I just think he's positioning himself for a run and could be stronger than Christie.  I'm not crazy about dynasties either but I prefer Hillary to any Republican on the current menu.