Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPoll: 85 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for her again OMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' Poll: Almost half say Trump off to poor start MORE holds double-digit leads nationally over all her Democratic challengers, including a dream team of contenders that remain on the sidelines, according to a new poll.
A survey from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling released on Tuesday shows Clinton leading the Dem field with 42 percent support, followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPelosi: 'Of course' Dems can be against abortion Kasich: 'I think political parties are on their way out' Sanders: Democratic Party's model is 'failing' MORE (I-Vt.) at 24 percent, Vice President Biden at 20 percent, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb at 2 percent, and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee at 1 percent each.
If he were to stay out, Clinton would be the primary beneficiary, with her lead over Sanders growing, 51 to 28. Forty-four percent of Biden backers said Clinton was their second choice, compared to only 21 percent who said the same about Sanders.
That’s still a huge lead, but smaller than where Clinton was in the same poll in late August, when she led Sanders 55 to 20.
In head-to-head match-ups, Biden is the closest to Clinton, but still trails, 51 percent to 38 percent. Clinton leads Sanders by 20 points, 54 percent to 34 percent, head to head.
There has been speculation that if Biden passes on the race and Clinton suffers serious damage from the controversy over her use of a personal email server while secretary of State, that white knight Democrats, like former Vice President Gore, Secretary of State John Kerry or Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren builds her brand with 2020 down the road Warren: Trump 'all talk' on Wall Street Dem senators ask Bannon for more info about Breitbart contact MORE (D-Mass.), could jump into the race.
But Clinton leads big over all potential challengers in the field at large and in head-to-head match-ups.
With Biden, Sanders, Gore, Warren and Kerry in the race, Clinton leads with 37 percent, followed by Biden at 20, Sanders at 19, Warren at 11 and Kerry at 2.
None of the fantasy candidates are anywhere close to Clinton in a head-to-head match-up, with Warren coming the closest, but trailing by 30 points.
“Democrats really are pretty content with the current field of candidates for president,” said PPP President Dean Debnam. “Most voters would stick with Clinton, Sanders or Biden, even if just about every other big Democratic name of the last 20 years was running, too.”
The PPP survey of 551 Democratic primary voters was conducted Oct. 1 to Oct. 4 and has a 4.2-point margin of error.