Poll: Clinton more popular than Biden

Outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is better poised than Vice President Biden to take the Democratic nomination in 2016 if both run, according to a new poll.

The new survey shows Clinton vastly more popular than the vice president. A full 67 percent of those polled view Clinton favorably, compared to only 48 percent who view Biden favorably in the ABC News/Washington Post poll. Biden also has a higher percentage of unfavorables at 37 percent, while 26 percent of those polled view Clinton unfavorably.

Broken down by party, 91 percent of Democrats view Clinton favorably, while 78 percent say the same of Biden, an indication she'd have a more solid base in a Democratic primary fight, as only 3 percent and 9 percent of Democrats, respectively, say they have no opinion of Clinton or Biden.

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Clinton, too, sees higher popularity with independents, with 65 percent of independents polled viewing her favorably, while only 42 percent of independents polled say the same of Biden.


Twenty-one percent of independents say they have no opinion of Biden, while only 9 percent say the same of Clinton, indicating he'll have some work to do raising his profile in the coming years if he is in fact planning a run.

Though it's yet unclear if either Clinton or Biden will run in 2016, they're two of the top names suggested as possible presidential contenders four years from now. Biden's schedule this weekend, which included events with officials from a number of the first four primary states, had pundits speculating he might be preparing early for a run.


But his connections to the White House and Washington's contentious recent political battles might have hurt him through the course of President Obama's first term. Biden has taken the reins on the push for expanded gun-control measures, which could offer him a higher-profile role in the coming months.

Clinton, for her part, is leaving her job as secretary of State with 69 percent job approval.

Biden has hinted before that he's considering a run in 2016, and he said in an interview with CNN that neither he nor Clinton had made any decision regarding 2016.

"I haven't made that decision and I don't have to make that decision for a while," he said.

And he wouldn't elaborate on whether he would run if he is being opposed by Clinton.

"I haven't made that judgment and Hillary hasn't made that judgment," he said in the interview.

The poll was conducted among 1,033 adults nationwide from Jan. 16-20 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.