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Poll: Most Democrats Support Clinton for Presidential Nomination

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By Drew MacKenzie   |   Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 11:58 AM

Only about 1 in every 10 Democrats want a more liberal candidate than Hillary Clinton to run for the presidency in 2016, a new poll shows.

The CNN-ORC survey reveals that 11 percent of Democrats want a choice of nominee more liberal than Clinton, while almost double that number, 20 percent, are hoping for a candidate who is more conservative than the former first lady and secretary of state.

An overwhelming majority, 63 percent, said they would most likely support Clinton for the Democratic nomination in 2016.

However, there were warning signs in the poll for Hillary if she does decide to enter the race for the White house.

The respondents were asked whether they felt "enthusiastic, satisfied but not enthusiastic, dissatisfied but not upset, or upset" by the prospect of Clinton becoming the nominee. And 42 percent of Democrats said they felt "satisfied but not enthusiastic," while only 41 percent said they were "enthusiastic."

The poll, conducted May 29-June 1, was based on 306 respondents who describe themselves as Democrats, and 175 people who lean Democratic, a total of 481 Democrats. There is a plus or minus 4.5 percent margin of error.

Last year, at an annual meeting of progressive activists held in San Jose, California, some liberals said they wanted Clinton to commit herself more firmly to their causes.

Anne Moore, sister of the controversial filmmaker Michael Moore, called Clinton a defense hawk and asked, "Why would I vote for her?"

Last month, Charles Chamberlain, executive director of Democracy for America, said that he wasn’t sure of Clinton’s position on some of the issues important to his group and other progressive organizations, such as greater income equality and opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

"There's a lot of concern in the progressive community about where she stands on income inequality," Chamberlain said. "We're all wondering, has Hillary evolved?"

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