In a new poll, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton leads all her primary opponents and her potential Republican challengers in 2016.
Among Democratic candidates, Clinton receives 75 percent of all votes — five times more than her closest competitor, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley received less than 5 percent support, reports Politico.
In a hypothetical battle against three top Republican presidential candidates, Clinton still leads the race according to the Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. She would defeat former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 48 to 40 percent, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker 51 to 37 percent and Sen. Marco Rubio 50 to 40 percent.
These poll results are likely skewed as they represent American adults, not a poll based on likely voters which is always more accurate and precise.
In the Republican primaries, Bush leads the way with 22 percent of the vote. Following close behind is Walker, with 17 percent. Rubio is in a strong third place with 14 percent support. Long-shot candidate Ben Carson receives 11 percent of the vote, with the remaining candidates in single-digit territory.
Democratic primary voters would like to see Clinton have some type of challenge from a member of her own party to better prepare her for the general election. Of those polled, 62 percent felt this was necessary, while 58 percent also believed Clinton to be a “moderate” in her own party, The Wall Street Journal reported.
The Wall Street Journal interviewed Shanieka Brown, a black Republican from Minnesota. She sided with Clinton, based on her gender alone.
“That is a big thing,” Brown said, speaking about Clinton’s possibility as the first woman president. “She’s a strong person. She’d accomplish her goals, everything that she is saying, she will do.”
Poll results also were somewhat negative for Bush, as 61 percent said they thought a third Bush family presidency would leave them feeling “uncertain and worried.”
Clinton may have a tough time defending her party’s position, specifically President Barack Obama’s role in the current state of the economy, with 63 percent “somewhat” or “very” dissatisfied with the economy.
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