Hillary Clinton Gets 57% Support In 2016 Poll
So far at least, the numbers are looking pretty good for Hillary Clinton if she really does decide to run four years from now:
Public impressions of Hillary Clinton are at an all-time high, with a large majority of Americans giving her positive reviews as the country’s secretary of state and most wanting her to be a presidential candidate in 2016, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Overall, 57 percent of all Americans say they would back a Clinton candidacy, with support peaking among younger women.
Among all women, 66 percent say they would support Clinton as a candidate for president in 2016; it is 75 percent among those under 50 and 54 percent among those aged 50 and up. Forty-nine percent of men back a Clinton bid, regardless of what side of 50 they are on.
Clinton gets far higher support among independent women than men (68 vs. 52 percent), and among GOP women than men ((35 vs. 13 percent). But support for a Clinton candidacy is high among both Democratic men and women (80 and 84 percent, respectively).
Republicans are far less supportive of a presidential bid from the former first lady: in the poll, 23 percent of Republicans would support a run in 2016; 73 percent would oppose it. Some 82 percent of Democrats would back her candidacy, with most saying they would do so “strongly.” A majority of independents, 59 percent, also support another Clinton run.
Some of this support stems from her high overall popularity: 66 percent of all Americans express favorable views of the soon-to-be-former Secretary of State — the most doing so in more than 20 years of polling. Fully 68 percent approve of the way she is handling her current job, as top diplomat.
Obviously, it’s far too early for this poll to be much of anything other than a reflection of Clinton’s personal popularity. However, one suspects that as 2016 approaches there will be many Democrats waiting on the sidelines to see what Hillary does, and deciding not to run if she throws her hat in the ring.