New Hampshire

Hillary Clinton Continues as the Democratic Front-Runner in 2016

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: September 19, 2013 11:00 AM

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Two new polls show former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is a clear front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016.

Rasmussen Reports released a poll this week which finds 77 percent of likely Democratic primary voters prefer to see Clinton as their presidential nominee while only 11 percent want to see Vice President Joe Biden as their candidate in 2016. Other candidates get the support of 6 percent and another 6 percent are undecided.

When Republicans and independents are included in the mix, a slim majority of likely voters across the nation -- 52 percent -- want to see Clinton as the Democratic candidate and 10 percent prefer Biden.

While Biden does poorly when matched up against Clinton, the Rasmussen poll finds the vice president in solid shape when matched up against several possible Republican opponents. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey beats Biden, taking 39 percent while the vice president garners 35 percent. But Biden beats out other Republicans, leading U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., 44 percent to 34 percent; up on U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, 43 percent to 32 percent; and ahead of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., 44 percent to 36 percent. 

The Rasmussen poll of 1,000 likely voters was taken from Sept. 16-17 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 percent.

According to Pubic Policy Polling (PPP), a firm with Democratic connections,Clinton holds a strong lead in New Hampshire, home of the first presidential primary, while Republicans in the Granite State are clearly divided on who they want to see run in 2016.

Clinton takes 57 percent of New Hampshire Democrats followed by Biden with 12 percent and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right on his heels with 11 percent. The rest of the field stands in low single digits. Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who is expected to win a U.S. Senate seat later this year, takes 4 percent followed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York with 2 percent. Two senators -- Kirstin Gillibrand of New York and Mark Warner of Virginia -- take 1 percent each. Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana garner less than 1 percent apiece.

When Clinton is taken out of the mix, Biden leads with 36 percent followed by Warren with 20 percent, Booker with 9 percent and Cuomo with 7 percent. All of the other candidates included in the poll take 1 percent each.

With both Clinton and Biden out of the equation, Warren leads with 33 percent followed by Cuomo with 14 percent and Booker with 12 percent. Gillibrand moves up to 5 percent followed by O’Malley with 4 percent, Warner with 2 percent and Schweitzer with 1 percent.

“Hillary Clinton remains an overwhelming favorite on the Democratic side even if she’s slipped a little bit from this spring,” said Dean Debnam, the president of PPP.

On the Republican side, Paul leads in New Hampshire with 20 percent followed by Christie with 19 percent. Former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida takes third in New Hampshire with 14 percent followed by favorite daughter U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., with 12 percent. Cruz takes 10 percent. Rubio stands tied in sixth place, knotted up with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., with 7 percent. Former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania trails with 2 percent.

“Republicans have lots of candidates drawing double-digit support, although Marco Rubio has fallen precipitously from where he was in April,” said Debnam.

New Hampshire is usually a battleground in presidential elections but PPP shows Clinton with a head start in the Granite State. She beats Christie by 4 percent, Ayotte by 8 percent, Ryan and Bush by 9 percent, Paul by 10 percent and Cruz by 12 percent in possible 2016 match-ups.

The PPP poll of 1,038 New Hampshire voters was taken from Sept. 13-16 and had a margin of error of +/- 3 perent. The survey of 455 usual New Hampshire Democratic primary voters was taken in the same period and had a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percent. The survey of 491 usual New Hampshire Republican primary voters was taken in the same period and had a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percent.


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Comments (9)

7:04AM SEP 26TH 2013
it's her's if she wants it. the republicans have nothing at this point.
4:01PM SEP 23RD 2013
Please! No more Clintons!!!

Doesn't integrity matter anymore?
1:04PM SEP 23RD 2013
my best friend's step-sister makes $67/hr on the laptop. She has been fired for six months but last month her pay was $17353 just working on the laptop for a few hours. have a peek at this website.....WWW.Rush64.COM
12:02PM SEP 23RD 2013
These polls are a good bit premature. There are no candidates even officially in the race, much less, Hillary. For lack of anything more constructive to do, these polls continue to take the temperature of an election a lifetime away in attention-span-challenged America. Poor Ol' Marquito is washed up in the polls too. Ted Cruz... he's getting all the attention, but that Cuban-Canadian is less eligible than ol' born in Panama on a military base, Mc Cain. Have fun. 2016 belongs to the independents and Dems.
6:32AM SEP 20TH 2013
I can't believe the voters would vote another liar to the presidency after what we have witnessed with Obama. I sure hope they start thinking before the time comes. I doubt they will as they want to continue the free ride.
2:03PM SEP 19TH 2013
11:04AM SEP 20TH 2013
You people crack me up! Under Bush we had 13 Benghazis! The SOS is not personally responsible for what happened. That is like saying the CEO of Walmart is responsible for a shooting at a small town Walmart somewhere 2,000 miles away. Funny all the dozens of US citizens killed overseas in embassies under Bush, you people didn't say a word.
4:00PM SEP 23RD 2013
Totally untrue! You liberals never see truth for what it is.

What we have in office right now is shameful. Foreign policy is a joke and he just had his a** handed to him by Putin.

This guy is a tax and spend liberal democrat that is totally unqualified for the job.

5:34PM SEP 20TH 2013
Thank you I couldn't have said any better

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