Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a clear lead in the Democratic primary, topping her potential challengers by an almost 50 percentage point margin, yet fails to hit the 50% mark against any of her potential Republican opponents, a Quinnipiac University National Poll, published Tuesday, shows.
Hillary leads the Democratic primary with 58 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 11 percent, Vice President Joseph Biden with 9 percent and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with 4 percent. No other candidate tops 1 percent, the poll found.
On the contrary, the Republican presidential primary is wide open. Sen. Rand Paul leads the pack with 11 percent, followed by Governors Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush with 10 percent each. Sen. Ted Cruz, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan tail the bunch with 8 percent each, Sen. Marco Rubio with 6%, and 20 percent remain undecided.
In a hypothetical one-on-one matchup, Hillary leads all of the potential Republicans by a mere 9-7 points. She leads Paul and Huckabee 49-40; 48-41 over Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, and 47-38 over Christie.
By a slim 48 – 43 percent margin, US voters have a favorable opinion of Clinton. However, among Independent voters, she either matches her Republican opponent or has a slim but insignificant lead.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton takes a ton of heat on wealth, book sales and her legacy at the State Department, but she emerges with no serious Democratic challenger, while the Republican field remains clustered and flustered,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.