Most voters think Hillary Clinton will be elected president of the United States next year, even though they have very mixed feelings about her, according to Rasmussen Reports.
The polling firm's latest survey
, taken after Clinton announced her candidacy on Sunday, found that 57 percent of likely U.S. voters think she will likely be elected president – among them 23 percent who say she is "very likely" to win.
Rasmussen reported that 36 percent of voters think Clinton is unlikely to win in 2016, with 17 percent saying that it is "not at all likely."
Voters split down the middle in their opinion of the former secretary of state, with 47 percent viewing her favorably and 47 percent unfavorably. But Clinton is more likely to engender strongly negative opinions than strongly positive ones, according to Rasmussen, with 22 percent having a very favorable view of her and 36 percent regarding her very unfavorably.
Rasmussen said the results were "basically unchanged"
from a month ago, when 54 percent of voters said Democrats should look for a fresh face as their presidential nominee next year instead of someone who has already run for the White House.
Among all voters in the new poll, 81 percent think Clinton will be the Democratic nominee in 2016, with 53 percent regarding it as "very likely," according to Rasmussen. Just 14 percent said it is not very likely or not at all likely that she will win the nomination.
An overwhelming 91 percent of likely Democratic voters think she will be the party's nominee next year.
Among Democrats, 81 percent have a favorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent of voters unaffiliated with either major party and 15 percent of Republicans.
Among women, 54 percent view Clinton favorably, while 54 percent of men regard her unfavorably.
Although voters credit her most for her service as secretary of state, "more voters than ever (47 percent) think the circumstances surrounding the murder of the U.S. ambassador and three other U.S. Embassy employees in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 will hurt her campaign," according to Rasmussen.
In addition, almost half of voters (49 percent) think Clinton's use of a private email provider while at the State Department raises serious national security concerns. But just 39 percent think she did so to conceal things from government oversight.
The survey of likely voters, which has a margin of error of 3 percentage points, was conducted by Rasmussen April 13-14.
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