Polls Make Hillary Clinton Frontrunner For 2016 Democrat Nomination

Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr.
By Gregory Gwyn-Williams, Jr. | December 8, 2012 | 2:04 PM EST

Hillary Clinton is among the most popular politicians nationwide and is the clear choice for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, according to recent polling data.

A new poll released by Public Policy Polling found 51 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Hillary Clinton, while 29 percent view her unfavorably.  On the Republican side, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie received a 48 percent favorability rating, with 26 percent of respondents viewing him unfavorably.

Among Democrats polled, Hillary Clinton tops the list with an 86 percent favorability rating.  Joe Biden scores just behind Hillary at 80%, but Clinton is the party's clear choice for the 2016 presidential nomination with 61% to Biden's 12%.

Among Republicans surveyed, Marco Rubio's favorability ranks fourth at 62%, though he is the GOP favorite for the party's presidential nomination in 2016 at 18%.   Governor Christie places second behind Rubio for president with 14%.

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll also found that most respondents have a positive view of Mrs. Clinton: 66 percent view her favorably and just 28%, unfavorably.

Overall, the poll found that 57 percent of all Americans would back a Clinton candidacy.

A Siena Research Institute poll found that 75 percent of respondents from New York (Hillary's adopted home state) view their former Senator favorably, while 23 percent view her unfavorably.  Specifically, 90 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of independents and 50 percent of Republicans view Mrs. Clinton favorably.

The poll also found that voters would like Clinton to run for president in 2016 by a 54-39% margin.

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