Former secretary of state and presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton may have more to worry about than the FBI investigation of her emails
and the surprising traction of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign.
As reports emerge that Vice President Joe Biden is strongly considering entering the race, polling data casts a favorable light on President Barack Obama's No. 2.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey
found that 40 percent of likely Democratic voters think Biden should become a candidate, and 38 percent of all likely voters think Biden would make a better president than Clinton.
Among Democrats, however, Clinton is the preferred leader, with 44 percent saying she would make a better president. Thirty-two percent of Dems said Biden would do a better job and 24 percent were unsure.
The Rasmussen survey is not an anomaly. A new Bliss Institute/Zogby Analytics poll
of 459 likely Democratic primary voters found that 48 percent want Biden to enter the race, compared with 34 percent who said he should stay out.
Biden supporters are largely comprised of self-described Democrats, liberals, moderates, baby boomers, Hispanics and African-Americans.
"Sixty-four percent of voters who think Biden should run for the White House believe he would do a better job than Clinton," according to Rasmussen Reports. "Voters who oppose a Biden candidacy say Clinton would do a better job, but by a much narrower 39 percent to 21 percent margin."
New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd
recently reported that Biden has been consulting with friends, family and donors about challenging Clinton, while The Associated Press says the veep’s inner circle
is investigating the details and logistics of assembling a campaign, including potential field staff in Iowa and filing deadlines.
Biden’s potential entry into the race comes at a time when cracks are appearing in Clinton’s operation.
A federal source told the New York Post
that the FBI is conducting a "criminal probe" into Clinton’s use of a personal email server to send and store classified documents during her tenure as secretary of state.
The New York Times reported this week that a WMUR Granite State poll of likely Democratic voters in New Hampshire has Clinton in a statistical dead heat with Sanders
, a self-described socialist opposing her for the Democratic nomination.
And a Real Clear Politics piece
last month cited Clinton’s falling poll numbers in places like Colorado, Iowa and Virginia, where a growing number of voters "think Hillary Clinton is not honest or trustworthy."
"According to the latest Quinnipiac poll, a mere 34 percent of Colorado voters think she can be trusted; 62 percent do not. In Iowa, those numbers are 33 percent to 59; in Virginia, Clinton is underwater on trust, too, 39 percent to 55 percent.
"Clinton's conduct is catching up with her."
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