Warren Support Grows But Hillary Dominating in Polls
Public Policy Polling, 10/29-31
- Clinton 67, Biden 12, Warren 4
- Clinton 61, Biden 11, Warren 7
- Clinton 65, Biden 10, Warren 7
While some on the left began to push hard for an Elizabeth Warren candidacy in the 2016 presidential election, a new poll released by Rasmussen shows Hillary Clinton with a seemingly insurmountable 60 point lead among Democratic voters.
The poll is the latest in a series of polls that show Clinton with a 50+ percent lead. Seventy percent of respondents said that they support Hillary for the election while 10 percent said they supported Joe Biden, a distant second place. The only other person garnering any support was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who received 3 percent.
The poll didn’t include Elizabeth Warren but other polls that did, released by PPP, Quinnipiac, and CNN, showed similar 61-67 percent support for Hillary while Warren only received 4-7 percent, less than Joe Biden’s 10-12 percent.
Of course, this far out from the election, a lot can change. At this time in 2006, as the candidates for the 2008 Democratic nomination were being mulled over, Barack Obama was polling at just 12-19 percent while Clinton led every single poll. Still, Hillary led those polls with only around 30-40 percent, not the dominant 60-70 percent she currently holds. Those polls also featured a larger amount of potential candidates, including John Edwards, Al Gore, and John Kerry. Thus far, Democrats have not found any seemingly viable alternatives.
In general election polling, Clinton doesn’t have the same mass support. Although the Republican polls show a virtual tie between Chris Christie and Rand Paul, with other candidates like Ricky Rubio, Paul Ryan, Jeb Bush, and Ted Cruz also drawing double-digit support, the latest polls from Quinnipiac show a virtual tie between Christie and Clinton. Clinton does lead Paul and Ryan by a healthy 9 percent and Cruz by a strong 15 percent though. A recent Rasmussen poll showed a similar virtual tie between Christie and Clinton while an NBC News poll showed a 10 point lead for Clinton over Christie.
Clearly, Hillary is the odds-on favorite to win the nomination but that inevitability makes many on the left concerned. Warren is the most likely alternative from the left, very popular among young voters and the media. She’s not as inexperienced as some think. Although she’s only been in the senate for all of 11 months, she has served as an economist in George Bush’s and Barack Obama’s cabinet, helping sort out the financial mess, since 2008.
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