Even though the mid-term elections are more in focus at this juncture, pollsters are already looking ahead to 2016. One poll released last month showed a four-way tie at the top of the pack among Republican presidential contenders, while a clear favorite continues to post strong numbers among Democrats. Public Policy Polling shows Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul are tied with 16 percent among possible GOP presidential contenders, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz at 15 percent and Former Gov. Jeb Bush at 14 percent. That’s about as close as things can get.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton remains the clear favorite. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats said she’s their choice for president in 2016. Hillary garnered more than 60 percent support from liberals, moderates, men, women, whites, African Americans, young voters and seniors alike. Vice President Joseph Biden, who has to be considered a potentially strong contender if he runs, received only 12 percent.
Another poll, this one by NBC, revealed more about how Gov. Christie and Hillary would fare if each received their party’s nomination. The survey of 1,003 adults, released on Nov. 12, had Hillary at 44 percent, with Gov. Christie trailing at 34 percent. While this polling is much too early to be taken as “gospel,” nevertheless, it’s most significant and is a pretty good indicator of where things stand in 2013, looking ahead to 2016. While this race is in its very early stages, it’s quite evident that it has already started in a big way.
Sources: AL.com and Newsmax.com
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