When it comes to the growing list of potential contenders for the 2016 nominations, Hillary Clinton represents the future for about half of Americans, while Vice-President Joe Biden and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush represent the past for a much-larger majority, a new CNN/ORC International poll
In the poll of 1,027 Americans, Clinton topped the list when it came to candidates who evoke the future, while Biden and Bush were each seen by 64 percent of the respondents as representing the past.
All three candidates' names have been in the political spotlight for some time, but there are some newcomers whose names were more to the past than to the future.
Half of the voters in the poll said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie represents the past, while 43 percent said he represents the future. Another relative newcomer, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, evoked the past for 49 percent of those polled, and the future for 41 percent, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker represented the past for 42 percent and the future for 39 percent.
In addition to Clinton, the only other potential candidate felt to represent the future was another woman: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, with 46 percent saying she represents the future and 37 percent the past.
Clinton and Warren also represented gender gaps in the poll, with women more likely than men to see them as a looking to the future. Fifty-three percent of men said Clinton represents the past while 55 percent of women said the future. With Warren, 50 percent of women said she means the future, while 43 percent of men agreed.
Democrats were also more likely to see their potential candidates as representing the future, with 74 percent saying Clinton was forward looking, 61 percent for Warren and 51 percent for Biden.
But Republicans said just Walker, at 55 percent, and Paul, at 53 percent, represent the future, while Christie at 49 percent, and Bush at 47 percent, represent the past.
Meanwhile, the poll also showed that Walker is gaining ground among Republicans when it comes to the GOP nomination, while Christie and Bush saw dropping ratings. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, though, tops the field for Republicans in the survey, at 16 percent, followed by Bush at 14 percent, Walker at 11 percent, and Paul at 10 percent. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson netted eight percent and Christie had 7 percent.
Walker is favored by older voters, while younger Republicans under the age of 50 leaned toward Huckabee and Paul.
And conservative Republicans ended up in a three-way tie of 15 percent each for Bush, Huckabee, and Walker, with 10 percent each for Carson and Paul.
Clinton was still the strong leader among Democrats, with 61 percent, followed by Biden at 14 percent and Warren at 10 percent.
The poll included 436 Republicans and right-leaning independents and 475 Democrats and left-leaning independents, and carried an overall margin of error of plus or minus 3 points.
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