Politics

Poll Suggest Biden Could Do Better Than Clinton Against Republican Counterparts

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Though Vice President Joe Biden isn’t sure if he’ll run for office, a new poll from Quinnipiac University suggests he might be in a good position if he pursues a campaign. The poll found Biden runs slightly better against leading Republican candidates than Hilary Clinton who was, for a time, the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party.

Though bombastic businessman Donald Trump still leads the Republicans for 28 percent, he’s trailed by Ben Carson with 12 percent and 7 percent each for  Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. Though Clinton has  45 percent of respondent’s support, she’s trailed by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont at 22 percent. Biden falls into third place with 18 percent.

Despite this, in a matchup presented to poll respondents, Biden beat out the three leading Republican candidates. Biden topped Trump 48 – 40 percent, Bush (45 — 39 percent) and Rubio (44 — 41 percent). Clinton also managed to defeat all three candidates in the matchup, but by a less significant margin. She topped Trump 45 —41 percent, Bush (42 — 40 percent) and Rubio (44 — 43 percent). Sanders didn’t fare as well. Though he managed to beat Trump (44 — 41 percent) and Bush (43 —39 percent), Rubio edged him out by one point (41 — 40 percent).

Biden said he needs to consult with his family before he decides whether or not to run - his son died from brain cancer in May. “We're dealing at home with ... whether or not there is the emotional fuel at this time to run," Biden told DNC members on a conference call released by CNN. "If I were to announce to run, I have to be able to commit to all of you that I would be able to give it my whole heart and my whole soul, and right now, both are pretty well banged up.”

Sources: CNN, Quinnipiac University Image via Marc Nozell/Flickr