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posted Friday, January 25, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 4

2016: Sooner than you think
New poll finds people like Joe, but they love Hillary

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new ABC News/Washington Post poll released January 23 shows Hillary Clinton retiring from the State Department at the peak of her popularity. Some 67% of poll respondents said they have a favorable impression of Clinton, as opposed to only 26% who view her unfavorably.

Vice President Joe Biden, a possible rival to Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, is also popular, but not nearly as much as Clinton. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they viewed Biden favorably, against 37% who had an unfavorable impression of him.

As might be expected, Democrats give both high marks, but they favor Clinton. Ninety-one percent of self-identified Democrats have a positive view of Clinton, compared to 78% who have a favorable opinion of Biden.

Among independent voters, 65% have a favorable opinion of Clinton, but only 42% have a good opinion of Biden. Even worse for the veep, 21% of independents say they have no opinion of him, compared to only 9% who say the same about Clinton - indicating she has a far higher profile in public awareness.

TEMPERING EXPECTATIONS
So far, neither Clinton nor Biden have confirmed that they will run in 2016.

In a December interview with Barbara Walters, Clinton denied she was interested in mounting another presidential campaign.

'I've said I really don't believe that that's something I will do again,' she told Walters. 'I am so grateful I had the experience of doing it before. I think there are lots of ways to serve, so I'll continue to serve.'

On the other hand, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi all but endorsed Clinton shortly after the interview aired.

'Wouldn't that be exciting?' Pelosi enthused about another Clinton campaign. 'I hope she goes - why wouldn't she?'

'She could be president of the United States, and she would be great,' Pelosi added. 'She would go into the White House as well-prepared - or better prepared - than almost anybody who has served in that office in a very long time.'

BIDEN: FOCUSED ON VP JOB
Biden has also been coy about his plans for 2016. In a January 22 CNN interview, the vice president said that there were 'a whole lot of reasons why I wouldn't run.'

'I haven't made that decision and I don't have to make that decision for a while,' he added. 'In the meantime, there's one thing I know I have to do no matter what I do. I have to help this president move this country to the next stage.'

Biden would not speculate on whether he would back out if Clinton announced she was in the race.

'Look, I haven't made that judgment and Hillary hasn't made that judgment,' he said in the interview.



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