Hillary trouncing potential GOP contenders
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No Republican presidential contender is within 5 percentage points of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump to declassify controversial text messages, documents related to Russia probe Hypocrisy in Kavanaugh case enough to set off alarms in DC Clinton: Hard to ignore 'racial subtext of virtually everything Trump says' MORE, according to a poll released Monday by Bloomberg.


Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush trails Clinton by 6 percentage points in a head-to-head matchup, as do Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.) and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyKavanaugh and the 'boys will be boys' sentiment is a poor excuse for bad behavior Nicki Minaj endorses Cuomo for governor Thank goodness Trump gets what Obama failed to grasp on economy MORE (Mass.). Clinton has an 8-point lead on Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulSome employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report The Hill's 12:30 Report — Trump says Dems inflated Puerto Rico death toll | House cancels Friday votes | Florence starts to hit coast The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested MORE (Ky.), and a 13-point advantage on Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGrassley agrees to second Kavanaugh hearing after GOP members revolt FEC: Cruz campaign didn't violate rules with fundraising letter labeled ‘summons’ Cruz criticizes O'Rourke on Dallas shooting: Wish he wasn't 'so quick to always blame the police officer' MORE (Texas) in the poll.

Clinton is boosted in the poll by a deep well of public respect for her resume.

An overwhelming majority, 78 percent, say it’s an advantage that Clinton has lived in Washington and worked in the federal government, while 77 percent say it’s an advantage that she served as secretary of State.

In addition, 67 percent said they viewed it as an advantage that she’s married to former President Bill Clinton; 60 percent said it’s good that she’s run for president before; 59 percent say it’s a positive that she served in the Obama administration; and 52 percent admire her close ties to Wall Street.

These figures contribute to giving Clinton the best favorability rating in the field by far.

Fifty-two percent said they have a positive view of Clinton, against 42 percent negative.

Of the potential Republican candidates, only Paul and Christie have positive favorability ratings, coming in at 32 percent-29 percent and 36 percent-35 percent, respectively.

Romney is underwater at 43 percent positive and 44 percent negative, Cruz comes in with a 26 percent-29 percent split, and Bush at 32 percent-37 percent.

The Bloomberg Politics Poll of 1,001 adults was conducted Dec. 3-5 and has a 3.1-percentage-point margin of error.