Clinton leads Bush in hypothetical 2016 match-up, poll finds

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Hillary Clinton leads former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) in a hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up, a new poll suggests.

Clinton leads Bush 53 precent-41 percent, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday.

Two-thirds said they view the Clinton family favorably, while 54 percent said they have a favorable opinion of the Bushes. 

The poll found Bush and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) lead the potential GOP 2016 field, but only with 14 percent support each.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) received 13 percent, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) received 11 percent, and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) received 10 percent support. 

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) closely trailed that pack. Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) and Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) received support in the single digits. 

Among “very conservative” voters surveyed, Huckabee received the most support, with 21 percent backing him. Paul came in second in that group, receiving 13 percent support. Only 7 percent of “very conservative” voters favored Bush. 

Ryan received the most support, 17 percent, among more centrist GOP or GOP-leaning voters.  

Despite Clinton’s 2016 lead, the survey found Democrats are at risk in this November’s midterm elections as President Obama’s approval rating drops. 

The poll was conducted April 24-27 covering 1,000 adults. It has a 3.5-percentage-point margin of error.

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