Poll: Most Americans Believe Hillary Will Run

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 11:24 AM

By Lisa Barron

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A new poll shows a majority of American voters think Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016, and most believe she will be the Democratic nominee.

According to The Hill newspaper’s latest public opinion survey of 1,000 likely voters taken April 4, 51 percent said the former secretary of state is essentially already a candidate, while 21 percent said she’ll never enter the race.

The poll also found that most respondents, 41 percent, said the former first lady and New York senator would win the party nomination, and 35 percent said the top of the Democratic presidential ticket would be filled by someone else. Only 7 percent of voters said Vice President Joe Biden would be on his party’s ticket in 2016.

Among Democratic respondents, 53 percent said Clinton would be the nominee, 6 percent said Biden, and 24 percent said someone else. Just 39 percent of Republicans, however, said Clinton would be chosen, while 7 percent thought Biden would be the nominee, and 42 percent believed the Democrats would nominate another candidate.

Clinton has not yet announced her intentions, but efforts to promote her candidacy have already begun. Democratic strategist James Carville, a close friend of the Clintons, sent out an email urging support for a political action committee, Ready for Hillary, that has been formed to promote her candidacy. Clinton has no direct affiliation with the PAC.

The Hill poll also found that 32 percent of voters believe Clinton would have been a better leader than President Barack Obama, while just 11 percent said she would have been worse and 45 percent thought she would not have been much different.

Although Clinton would be the first female president, The Hill’s nationwide survey did not find any significant gender divide among those polled.

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