Republicans will have their work cut out for them in choosing a presidential candidate who could even compete with Hillary Clinton.
A new poll shows the former secretary of state clobbering every potential GOP opponent in a head-to-head contest, CNN reports
The survey of 843 registered voters by The Washington Post and ABC News found the former New York senator and first lady easily beating five possible Republican candidates, CNN said.
Of the five, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would trail Clinton by 15 points while former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would lose by 13, according to the poll, taken Jan. 12-15. Both Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would lose to Clinton by 13 points while former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee would trail her by 17 points, the poll, conducted by Langer Research
The poll saw Clinton outpacing support for Republican candidates ranging from 53-56 percent versus 39-41 percent. Noted the pollsters: "One reason is that Clinton is stronger in her political base, given the far more fragmented nature of the current GOP field."
Other findings that should bolster Clinton's strength as an eventual Democrat nominee: "About three-quarters of registered voters who rate the economy positively support her, and she leads overwhelmingly among those who say they've gained ground financially under Obama's presidency. But she also leads, by 16 to 20 points, among those whose finances have just held steady."
Clinton also has an advantage with those who view income inequality as a major problem and with women — by 20 to 24 percent margins — and with racial and ethnic minorities, adults under 40 and those with lower incomes, the pollsters said.
While Clinton lost to Barack Obama as the Democrat nominee in 2008, that didn't seem to matter to voters, The Washington Post noted
"Clinton's potential to make history as the first female U.S. president makes little difference to most voters and is a net positive for others," the Post said.
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