Clinton Remains Heavy Favorite Among Democrats

Hillary Clinton continues to lead any other potential Democratic candidate for President by a huge margin:

The latest is a Quinnipiac University national survey released Thursday showing Clinton claiming the support of 65 percent of Democratic voters. Vice President Biden trails by a wide margin in second place, with 13 percent support.

Quinnipiac is just one of several polling outfits that have recently found Clinton up big.

Consider:

* A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll showed 63 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning voters prefer Clinton.

* A survey from Democratic automated pollster Public Policy Polling showed 84 percent of Democratic voters supporting Clinton.

* A Gallup poll showed Clinton’s favorability rating was 15 points higher than Biden’s among self-identified Democrats.

* A WMUR/University of New Hampshire survey showed Clinton claiming the support of 61 percent of New Hampshire Democratic primary voters.

Yes, it’s early and things could change, but we haven’t really seen these kind of numbers in the past. If Hillary does run, it’s going to take something mighty big to knock her off her perch.

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Comments

  1. Caj says:

    If Hillary Clinton runs in 2016 and I she does no one will be able to touch her. Republicans don’t have ANY woman remotely as smart as Hillary. We have seen the motley crew they have to offer as regards Republican men, who are still so of touch by peddling the same garbage even after the election where the public told them to go fly a kite! So run Hillary run. We do not need anymore Republicans running the country. Their biggest contribution when they do to is to run it into the ground. Then it’s left again for a Democrat to step back in and clean up their mess!!

  2. edmondo says:

    @Caj:

    We do not need anymore Republicans running the country.

    If Bill’s 8 years are any indication of what we can expect from Hillary, she’ll be a fine Republican president.

  3. legion says:

    I personally would _love_ to see Biden run, if only for the sheer number of wingnut aneurisms it would cause. As far as actually making him the nominee, though, I think he may be too old by then…

  4. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Let’s see… failed as a wife, failed as a Senator, failed as Secretary of State. Of course she’s the best the Democrats have to offer!

    But wait… I’m remembering something I read here recently…

    From 1976 through 2004, there wasn’t a single Presidential election where we didn’t have a Bush, Clinton, or Dole on the ballot. Now we’re talking about the possibility of another Clinton and another Bush on the ballot in 2016. Dynastic politics like this is somewhat distasteful and, in the end, not entirely healthy for the political culture.

  5. edmondo says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    failed as a wife….

    and her husband’s behavior is her fault? Really? I thought you republicans were all about “personal responsibility”?

  6. Ben says:

    I don’t know if I could in any good conscience vote for someone who voted for the Patriot Act, and then voted for it’s reauthorization, even after the warrantless wiretap regime was exposed.

  7. stonetools says:

    Man, did Ben and Edmondo find their way here from Firedoglake?

    Anyway , welcome aboard.

  8. Ben says:

    @stonetools:

    Nope, been reading and commenting on OTB since 2006 or so, thanks.

  9. PogueMahone says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:
    “failed as a wife”

    WTF does that mean? How does someone “fail as a wife”?

  10. Franklin says:

    @edmondo: I think you fell for Jenos’ trap, by only arguing with the outlandish part.

  11. legion says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13:

    failed as a Senator

    Well, considering she was reelected with 67% of the vote (after gaining 83% in the primary), I’d say your opinion on that is disproven.

    failed as Secretary of State

    Let me guess… you’re going to go on about Benghazi, yes? Considering that it was your pals on the GOP side of the aisle in Congress that slashed the security budget for US Embassies, it’s pretty easy to show that you’re utterly full of crap on this subject, just like everything else you talk about.

    (Hat tip to @edmondo for starting this off…)

  12. Gromitt Gunn says:

    @edmondo: Clearly the fact that she wears pantsuits and minimal makeup means that she’s a shrill dried-up harridan of a woman – and probably a lesbian to boot! – that drove Bill into sexual shenanigans. Or something like that.

    Of course, this comes from the same type of people who argued that Hillary’s blind support for Israel objectivity towards the Middle East was compromised was having an inappropriate sexual relationship with her radical Islamist assistant who also happens to be married to (apparently self-hating??) friend-of-AIPAC former-Congressman and Twitter-pinup girl Anthony Weiner. So…. logic is definitely not the strong suit.

  13. anjin-san says:

    Guys, it’s pretty clear what Short Round is up to. Saying the stupidest thing imaginable to get a rise from other commenters and get the attention he so desperately wants. It’s doubtful he get much attention in the real world beyond the occasional “buzz off creep” and “You’re cut off dude”

    No one with even a partially wired cerebral cortex could say so many massively stupid things so often. It’s a game.

    Jenos is the blog equivalent of the boring drunk at the end of the bar who won’t shut up, and won’t leave. Attention is his drug. Deprive him of it, and he will move on and ruin some other blog.

  14. grumpy realist says:

    @edmondo: Naah, Jenos’s one of those MRA types who when they cheat on their wives claim “she made me do it!” (rationale being that a) she’s past menopause, b) older than 25, c) not blonde.)

    E.g. see Gingrich, Newt.

  15. grumpy realist says:

    P.S. I wanna see Hillary run if just to watch the exploding brains on the other side. Considering what they’ve already thrown at her in the way of accusations, they’ve already emptied the bag completely. Anything more and they’re entering invading-lizardoids-from-Rigel and Illuminati territory.

    Not that that’s going to stop them in any case…..

  16. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    Hillary’e entire career has been based on riding on Bill’s coattails. She carpetbagged to NY for her Senate seat, and the highlight of her career was voting for the Iraq war and the PATRIOT Act. Also, for giving us the wonderful quote that you never hear any more: “I am sick and tired of people who say that if you debate and you disagree with this administration somehow you’re not patriotic. We should stand up and say we are Americans and we have a right to debate and disagree with any administration.”

    The highlights of her SecState tenure were the “reset” with Russia and the Arab Spring, which gave Muslim extremists new grasps on power. Oh, yeah, and the first assassination of a US Ambassador in a couple of decades.

    Oh, wait a minute — she also worked for the Watergate committee that was going to impeach Nixon. There’s something she can claim credit for.

    And she also briefly ventured into the cattle futures trade, where — in an amazing display of rookie luck — she parlayed $1,000 into $100,000. Maybe she can bring that kind of talent to the federal deficit.

  17. anjin-san says:

    Even Hillary’s political enemies have gone on record saying they admire here intelligence, drive, work ethic, and focus. She left the Senate with considerable street cred after a short tenure. I don’t think anyone doubts her toughness.

    Watching her mop the floor with the nextgen GOP clown car posse might be fun…

  18. Tillman says:

    Am I the only one who would have reservations about her candidacy for the same reason I had them for John McCain’s – her age?

    No, not really her age (she’d be sixty-eight, sixty-nine?), but her health. A blood clot in the head is not something you run for president after having, in my opinion.

  19. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @anjin-san: Even Hillary’s political enemies have gone on record saying they admire here intelligence, drive, work ethic, and focus. She left the Senate with considerable street cred after a short tenure. I don’t think anyone doubts her toughness.

    I was going to point out that there’s one word conspicuously missing from that list — “accomplishments.”

    And then I remembered I was talking to Obama supporters, and realized that that word doesn’t mean a damned thing to you people…

  20. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @anjin-san: Even Hillary’s political enemies have gone on record saying they admire here intelligence, drive, work ethic, and focus. She left the Senate with considerable street cred after a short tenure. I don’t think anyone doubts her toughness.

    Let me put it another way: just how has she used those gifts, except to improve her own lot? What has she done to make the world a better place?

  21. Franklin says:

    @Tillman: The questions about her health are guaranteed to come up, I agree.

  22. An Interested Party says:

    If Bill’s 8 years are any indication of what we can expect from Hillary, she’ll be a fine Republican president.

    It’s just a shame that the American people won’t elect a president like Josiah Bartlet…

    Let’s see… failed as a wife, failed as a Senator, failed as Secretary of State. Of course she’s the best the Democrats have to offer!

    That’s quite rich coming from one of Caribou Barbie’s fanboys…

  23. wr says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13: “And then I remembered I was talking to Obama supporters, and realized that that word doesn’t mean a damned thing to you people… ”

    Says the man whose sole accomplishment in life is annoying people on the internet.

    It’s like when he calls HC a “failure” — compared to what, precisely? What has baby Jenos ever succeeded at?

    It’s fascinating watching the envy and despair ooze out of every word he writes about this woman who has done so much with her life. It all says nothing about her… and everything about him.

  24. grumpy realist says:

    @Jenos Idanian #13: Poor widdle Jenos. I’m sure you’ve got a J.D. from a top law school, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, clerked for five Supreme Court justices, holder of five patents, speak 10 languages, and made your first million $$$ before you got out of diapers, yes?

    Don’t sneer at other people’s “accomplishments” unless you’ve got a few of your own, mmmkay?

  25. grumpy realist says:

    @Rufus T. Firefly: Congrats on your marriage!

  26. Rufus T. Firefly says:

    @grumpy realist:

    Thanks! If you look in the dictionary under “lucky stiff” you’ll see my picture.

  27. An Interested Party says:

    I’m sure you’ve got a J.D. from a top law school, a Ph.D. in theoretical physics, clerked for five Supreme Court justices, holder of five patents, speak 10 languages, and made your first million $$$ before you got out of diapers, yes?

    Don’t confuse him with Tsar Nicholas…