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PPP: Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio top party choices for '16




Hillary Clinton's health has been in the news a lot over the last month but it hasn't changed the desire Americans are feeling for her to be President in 2016. Our newest national poll finds Clinton with a wide lead both among Democratic primary voters and against most of the big Republican names thought to be top contenders for their party's nomination.

57% of Democrats would like Clinton to be their candidate in 2016. Only Joe Biden at 16% also hits double digits. Beyond them it's Andrew Cuomo and Elizabeth Warren at 4%, Martin O'Malley at 3%, Deval Patrick and Mark Warner at 2%, and Kirsten Gillibrand and Brian Schweitzer 

Clinton looks pretty strong in very early general election match ups as well. She has 14 point leads over Paul Ryan (53/39), Jeb Bush (51/37), and Marco Rubio (also 51/37).

The most epic possible 2016 match up at this early point would be between Clinton and Chris Christie. She leads him just 44-42. But our poll indicates getting the Republican nomination could prove to be quite a challenge for Christie. Right now Rubio leads the GOP field with 21% to 16% for Ryan, 15% for Mike Huckabee, 14% for Christie and Bush, 5% for Rand Paul, 3% for Bobby Jindal, and 2% each for Susana Martinez and Rick Perry.

Full survey here.

[Last modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 2:12pm]


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