Poll: 82 percent of Dems want Clinton to run

Eighty-two percent of Democrats say they would like to see Hillary Clinton run for president in 2016, according to a new poll. 

A New York Times/CBS poll released Tuesday finds support for a Clinton run within her own party higher than any other potential presidential candidate in either party. 

Only 13 percent of Democrats say they would not like to see her run. Among independents, 52 percent say she should run. 

In comparison, 42 percent of Democrats think Vice President Biden should run for president, while 39 percent think he shouldn’t.

Democrats don’t know enough about other potential candidates to make a decision. Those candidates include Sen. Elizabeth Warren (22 percent), New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (17 percent) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (3 percent).

Among Republicans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) scores the highest. Forty-one percent of Republicans say they would want to see him run, while 27 percent would not. 

Aside from Clinton, large swaths of the public say they have no opinion whether a number of potential candidates should run for president. 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) ranks second among Republicans with 39 percent saying he should run. Another 21 percent think he should not. 

Thirty-two percent of Republicans want Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) to run, and 15 percent think he should not run.

More people don't want to see New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) run for president. Thrity-one percent said Christie should run, compared to 41 percent who said he should not run for the White House. The numbers may suggest lingering problems for Christie from the George Washington Bridge scandal.

Only 24 percent want to see Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) enter the contest.  Another 15 percent think he should not run.

The poll surveyed 515 Democrats and 519 Republicans and 550 independents. It has a 6-percent margin of error and was conducted Feb. 19-23. 

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