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Poll: Voters Prefer 'Anyone Else' but Hillary, Romney in 2016 Election

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Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and 2012 Republican Presidential nominee and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images; Kevin Dietsch/UPI/Landov)

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 11:40 AM

When it comes to the 2016 Presidential race, Americans are fed up with politics as usual and searching for someone new.

In a surprising new poll from AOL, when asked if they would prefer to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or former Massachusetts governor and 2012 Republican Mitt Romney in the White House, a huge majority, 61 percent, said they would rather have "anyone else."

While neither candidate has officially announced that they are running, and Romney has, in fact, denied that he will seek the White House again, the poll results must come as disturbing news for them, but encouraging news for a host of other Presidential wannabes from both parties lined up at the starting gate.

Urgent: Who Is Your Choice for the GOP's 2016 Nominee?

Out of 51,000 people who voted online, only 26 percent said they would vote for Clinton and just 13 percent said they would back Romney, despite a growing push in the Republican Party for Romney to run again.

One of Romney's major backers and former finance co-chair, SkyBridge Capital's Anthony Scaramucci, told Business Insider, "The governor has a very strong following, including myself. And he'd be my No. 1 draft pick.

"I think he's going to do it. I don't think there's any reason for him not to do it. His family is behind him."

Romney appeared to agree with AOL's voters when he told radio host Hugh Hewitt in August, "I love the country enough to know that I'm not as good a candidate this time around as I think the other guys would be, because they're new and not defined."
However, he added, "I do not want to see Hillary Clinton as our next President" and hinted, "circumstances can change."

Clinton, stumping for Democratic candidates in Iowa, would say only, "Well, it is true . . . I'm thinking about it" when asked if she was running for President.

According to Real Clear Politics latest poll roundup, Clinton is far in the lead for the nomination over her nearest Democratic opponent, Vice President Joe Biden, by 64.5 percent to 10.3 percent.

On the Republican side, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are close, at 11.5, 10.8 and 10.3 percent respectively.

Urgent: Who Is Your Choice for the GOP's 2016 Nominee?

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