Poll: Clinton leads all Dem challengers by double digits

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonJeff Bridges: ‘I’m rooting’ for Trump as a human being Leading Pelosi critic Moulton once penned effusive praise for her: report Dems land top recruit for Ros-Lehtinen's Florida district 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 SandersNew Alexandra Pelosi documentary brings together GOP, Dem members Sanders: FBI inquiry of wife is 'pathetic' attack Why UK millennials voting for socialism could happen here, too 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.

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Undecided Biden is nearing a decision on whether to enter the race. 

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 goes on tweetstorm over GOP ObamaCare repeal bill Warren: Dems should campaign on single-payer healthcare plan Senate Dems step up protests ahead of ObamaCare repeal vote 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.