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Poll: Many Democrats Want Hillary to Face Serious Challenger

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 09:10 PM

A new poll has good news and bad news for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

The good news, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, is that she has no serious challenger for the Democratic Party nomination, with 43 percent supporting her.

Five percent of Democrats backed Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has repeatedly said she isn't running.

Just two of the 413 Democrats surveyed named former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley — who said he is thinking about running — as their choice for the Democratic nomination, and just one named Vice President Joe Biden.

The bad news for Clinton is that many Democrats wish she had a serious challenger for the nomination, with 55 percent of Democrats saying it is "very important" to see a strong challenge and another 25 percent calling it "somewhat important."

"It's good news in that her current landslide margin disarms potential party opponents from attracting top-level operatives and big money," said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston.

But if she "has only one or two major opponents, the large undecided count is an opening for an opponent to close the gap," Paleologos said.

The Republican primary picture was more muddled.

In "an open-ended question to Republican voters, 9 percent named Scott Walker, followed by Jeb Bush [8 percent]; Ted Cruz [7 percent]; Rand Paul [5 percent]; Ben Carson [4 percent]; Marco Rubio [2 percent]; while eight other possible candidates received 1 percent or less," the Daily Caller reported.

Among Republicans, 59 percent could not name someone they want their party to nominate.

The survey was conducted from April 8-13 with a margin of error of 3 percent.

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A new poll has good news and bad news for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The good news, according to a new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll, is that she has no serious challenger for the Democratic Party nomination.
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