A new poll conducted by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows most voters view Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, current frontrunners of the Democratic and Republican nominations for president in 2016, as a return to past ideas, rather than providing new ways to revitalize the economy, protect interests overseas and other issues.
The poll found that 51 percent of those polled see Clinton in this light, while 60 percent say the same for the former Florida governor. In terms of the 2016 presidential race, Clinton leads overwhelmingly for the Democratic nomination, with 86 percent of those surveyed supporting the former first lady, former senator and former secretary of state. It is much more divided on the Republican side, where 49 percent polled support Bush. Other well-known Republican contenders, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio received high marks, with support coming for them at 53 percent and 56 percent, respectively.
Some political pundits have pointed out a possible challenger to Clinton in Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who is popular with the progressive section of the Democratic Party. But 43 percent of those polled didn’t know enough about her to make an opinion.
Of those polled, 60 percent see the country as going in the wrong direction, possibly correlating with President Barack Obama’s approval rating, which stands at 46 percent.
Congress continues to receive low approval grades from the public, and 89 percent see Congress as a partisan group unwilling to compromise with one another. In terms of finding who is responsible for this, 47 percent blamed both the Republican majority in both houses of Congress and the White House for the lack of compromise.
The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, remains unpopular with most voters — 44 percent believed it is a “total bad idea” while 37 percent thought the law to be a “total good idea.”
Considering conflicts abroad, those polled believed the U.S. may be in danger of another terrorist attack sometime soon. Of those polled, 83 percent were somewhat worried while 17 percent were not concerned at all.
The U.S. is currently in talks with Iran on mandating that its nuclear program be used for peaceful purposes only. But 71 percent of those polled see Iran ignoring the current negotiations and continuing the way it wants.
Same-sex marriage legalization continues to be popular among Americans, with 58 percent now in support and 33 percent against.
You can see all the poll questions and results here.
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