Former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonOvernight Regulation: Republicans slam Obama's education rules ‘Man enough to vote for Hillary’ ad is fake Trump: 'You have to be wealthy in order to be great' MORE (D) remains the clear front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) narrowly leads a packed field of GOP contenders, according to a CNN-ORC poll released Monday.
Biden headlined a high-profile Democratic fundraiser in the early caucus state of Iowa on Sunday, and political watchers are debating whether the vice president would challenge Clinton in the Democratic primary if she were to decide to run.
The Republican field is far more crowded. Christie leads at 17 percent, just edging Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanOhio ObamaCare co-op shutting down due to finances To fight poverty, start with housing House GOP faces dilemma on spending bills MORE (R-Wis.) at 16 percent. Ryan was the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012.
Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulPaul blocks chemical safety bill in Senate Overnight Defense: VA chief 'deeply' regrets Disney remark; Senate fight brews over Gitmo Paul ties release of 9/11 docs to defense bill MORE (R-Ky.) came in third at 13 percent, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) at 10 percent, Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioRubio: I'd speak on Trump's behalf at convention Top Republican urges Rubio to run for reelection RNC official defends Susana Martinez after Trump criticism MORE (R-Fla.) at 9 percent, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzFiorina returns to attack Clinton's 'lust for power' Trump clinches GOP nomination Eleven states sue Obama over transgender bathroom directive MORE (R-Texas) at 7 percent and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) at 5 percent. Santorum was the foremost challenger to Mitt Romney for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
Clinton and Christie are two of the most popular political figures in the country, and both routinely register strong favorability ratings in public opinion polls. One Quinnipiac University poll from last month showed Clinton edging Christie 46 to 40 in a head-to-head match-up.
None of the potential candidates have publicly committed to a 2016 run. However, Ready for Hillary, a super-PAC pushing the former New York senator to run, is loaded with former Obama campaign activists.
The CNN-ORC poll of 1,022 adults was conducted between Sept. 6 and Sept. 8 and has a 4.5-percentage-point margin of error.