Poll: Clinton tops Rubio, Paul in possible Iowa showdown

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would hold an early advantage over top Republican presidential candidates in hypothetical 2016 match-ups in the critical swing state of Iowa, according to a new poll released Friday.

The survey, from Quinnipiac University, shows that Clinton would defeat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) 48-37 percent among Iowa voters, and best Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) 46-42 percent. 

Vice President Biden doesn't fare as well, trailing Rubio 40-39 percent and Paul 44-39 percent.


Poll: Gun control vote boosts Hagan, Landrieu

Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) may have improved their 2014 electoral prospects with their decision to support legislation expanding background checks, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The survey by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling found that more than 70 percent of voters in both states support closing the gun show and Internet loopholes, and pluralities are more likely to vote for Hagan and Landrieu because of their vote.

In Louisiana, 45 percent of voters in the state say they are more likely to support Landrieu after the gun vote, while just 25 percent say they're less likely. Landrieu's approval rating has risen six points from February, and 72 percent of voters in the state say they favor background checks.


Poll: Democrats have early lead in 2014 midterms

Americans by a slim margin say they are more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in the upcoming 2014 midterm elections, according to a new national poll from Quinnipiac University released Wednesday.

In a generic ballot survey, 41 percent of those polled say they would back a Democratic candidate while 37 percent say they would vote Republican. Voters also appear wary of continuing to push forward with divided government, preferring one party to control both houses of Congress and the White House by a 48-43 percent margin.

That said, the margin might not be significant enough for Democrats to feel comfortable heading into 2014. The party that controls the White House traditionally loses seats in midterm elections; moreover, redistricting in the House and retirements in the Senate have left Democrats vulnerable headed into the upcoming elections.


Poll: Clinton, Biden both favored over top Republican 2016 candidates

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden would both be favored over top Republican presidential candidates in a hypothetical 2016 match-up, according to a McClatchy-Marist poll released Wednesday.

The Democrats handily beat Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Fla.), and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in head-to-head contests. Only one Republican — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — was competitive with the Democrats, narrowly edging Biden and narrowly trailing Clinton.

Clinton was favored by 12 percentage points over Rubio, 11 points over Paul, 16 points over Bush and 3 points over Christie. Biden trailed the New Jersey governor 46 percent to 43 percent but held a 14-point edge over Rubio, a 9-point advantage on Paul and an 8-point lead over Bush.