Despite a rocky campaign rollout, Hillary Clinton has the strong support of Democratic voters and leads Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, three potential GOP rivals, in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
But the Journal reports the survey, though showing Clinton with strong support with key groups – especially Latinos and women under 50 – also finds 62 percent of Democrats would like another candidate test her in the primary.
According to the poll, some 92 percent of Democrats say that could see themselves supporting her; 8 percent said they couldn’t. Three-quarters of Democrats said she was their top pick to be the nominee; 15 percent picked Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Clinton also was the top choice of 71 percent of liberals and 91 percent of nonwhite Democratic primary voters.
The poll has a plus or minus margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.
Matched up against possible GOP candidates in the general election, the survey finds Clinton leads Bush 48 percent to 40 percent, with her lead growing to 10 points against Rubio and 14 points against Walker.
"She starts with advantages among very important groups," Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducts the poll with Democrat Fred Yang, tells the Journal, calling her standing with fellow Democrats "the strongest and most advantageous" he's seen for any candidate entering a primary since he began in politics in 1980.
In other findings, the survey shows:
- 54 percent of those who intend to vote Republican in the primaries cite "the decline in traditional moral values" as one of their top-two concerns when presented with a choice of six things that worry them most. Sixteen percent of Democrats shared that view, saying they worry more about economic issues.
- Among GOP voters, the broadest support among primary voters is for Bush and Rubio, but 61 percent of Americans said a third Bush presidency would leave them feeling either "uncertain and wondering" or "pessimistic and worried."
- 44 percent of respondents view Clinton positively and 40 percent negatively; 36 percent view Bush negatively and 27 percent see him positively. Among Republicans, 18 percent view the former Florida governor negatively.
- 16 percent of voters would be "very satisfied" with a Clinton/Bush contest in 2016; 31 percent said the prospect would leave them "not that satisfied" while roughly half of Americans were either "fairly" or "just somewhat" satisfied with that prospect.
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