No Surprise here … Most Democrats Want Clinton to Run in 2016

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from The New York Times,

More than 8 in 10 Democrats say they want Hillary Rodham Clinton to run for president in 2016, showing a level of interest in her that no other potential candidates – Democrat or Republican – come close to matching among their party’s voters, according to a New York Times/CBS News Poll.

The potential candidates drawing the most interest after Mrs. Clinton are Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. For each of them, about 40 percent of self-identified members of their party said they hoped the person would run.

As for Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey — the man who many had once thought to be an early Republican favorite, but who is struggling with the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal — more in his party say they do not want him to seek the presidency (41 percent) than say they do (31 percent).

On the Democratic side, a majority were unable to offer opinions on some other Democrats seen as potential candidates. When asked about Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, 56 percent of Democrats said they did not know enough about her to say whether they would like her to run, as did 59 percent when asked about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York. Even more, 82 percent, said they did not know enough about Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland to say whether he should run in 2016.

Twenty-two percent of Democrats said they would like to see Ms. Warren run, compared with 17 percent for Mr. Cuomo and 3 percent for Mr. O’Malley.

Democrats were divided over Mr. Biden, with 42 percent saying they wanted him to run and 39 percent saying they did not, the poll found.

Male and female Democrats expressed similar levels of interest in Mrs. Clinton. A potential Clinton candidacy also drew the strongest support among self-described independents, with 52 percent saying they hoped she would run.

The nationwide poll is based on telephone interviews conducted Feb. 19-23 on landlines and cellphones with 515 Democrats, 519 Republicans and 550 independents.

While Democrats appear overwhelmingly eager for a Clinton candidacy, the poll suggests that the Republican field, at least at this early stage, is far more muddled, with no potential candidate garnering majority enthusiasm for a presidential run.

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