An ABC News/Washington Post poll shows Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tops Vice President Joe Biden in popularity, as talk percolates that both Democratic heavyweights will enter the 2016 presidential race.
A total of 67 percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, compared to 26 percent who have an unfavorable view. Biden’s numbers are 48 percent favorable and 37 percent unfavorable.
Clinton’s favorable number is a new high for her public career. Meanwhile, Biden’s favorability margin represents an improvement over his break-even rating this summer, but a decrease from his margin immediately preceding and following the 2008 campaign.
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When it comes to those with strongly-held opinions, 35 percent of respondents view Clinton in strongly favorable terms, while 14 percent have a strongly unfavorable view. For Biden, the numbers are 22 percent strongly favorable and 23 percent strongly unfavorable.
So what accounts for the secretary of State’s strength?
“Not only the visibility of Clinton’s job as the country’s top diplomat, but also its relative distance from the political battles in Washington, likely have benefited her image,” according to Gregory Holyk, an analyst at Langer Research Associates, which conducted the poll
“Biden’s position as vice president carries greater risk, given his closer proximity to the political fray. His reputation for sometimes controversial off-the-cuff comments likewise may have done him some harm.”
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