Iowa voters say yes to Hillary Clinton
May 24th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
1 year ago

Iowa voters say yes to Hillary Clinton

Washington (CNN) - Hillary Clinton has the early edge in a key battleground state, should she choose to run for president in 2016.

Iowa voters picked her as their choice for commander in chief above top potential Republican contenders including Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, in a new survey released Friday.


The Quinnipiac University poll showed Clinton would defeat Rubio by 11 percentage points, 48% to 37%, if the election were held today and would beat Paul by four percentage points, 46% to 42%. She was helped by her strong support among women.

The speculation over a Clinton presidential run is never ending, helped by her consistently high approval ratings, the perpetual campaign cycle and speculation from political operatives and journalists.

While top Democrats, including her husband former President Bill Clinton and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, have encouraged her to run for president again, Clinton herself has consistently said she's focused on enjoying her life after years in the public eye and traveling the world.

Vice President Joe Biden has not been as careful and often jokes about another run at the White House.

But Biden did not fare as well in the same poll. He fell behind Rubio by one percentage point, 39% to 40%, and trailed Paul by five percentage points, 39% to 44%, among Hawkeye State voters. He was hurt by his lack of support among independent voters.

President Barack Obama's win over Clinton and Biden in the 2008 Iowa caucuses helped catapult his White House bid. He went on to win the swing state in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. But Bill Clinton was victorious in the state during both of his presidential elections, in 1992 and 1996.

The poll, conducted between May 15 and May 21, surveyed 1,411 registered voters by telephone and had a sampling error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden • Marco Rubio • Polls • Rand Paul
soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    What happens when bland Paul and the anchor baby Rubio get kicked out of official in the next elections . Rubio is out in Florida along with Scott and tryyrandal the three teapary stooges !!!!!

    May 24, 2013 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  2. ST

    Good for Hillary and the rest of us who are Hillary supporters. What I can say to Hillary, keep it at a slow pace. Let us all, let days go by. The other side are so hungry individuals who want to be back to the White House, BUT their deeds don't allow them to go there again.

    May 24, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  3. Just a thought

    Aww the results of all the intellectual heft brought to the public by faux and fools with their twenty-four by seven coverage of benghazi. Looks that's really starting to move the electorate away from the democrats...HA HA....Give the GOP/Tea Trolls enough rope and this geniuses will jump in the river with anchors strapped to their fannies. Good riddens clowns.

    May 24, 2013 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Bessy

    Hillary has to watch her back with all of these " scum bag " Republicans out to get her. I hope she has security.

    May 24, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  5. Just a thought

    LOL.. the GOP / Tea Trolls are sinking their own chances for the WH. Keep tryin' clowns its great entertainment watching your party become the 21st century version of the whigs. To be honest, I'm sick and tired of your idiocy and obstruction. This country would do so much better if you fools took up residence on another planet.

    May 24, 2013 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  6. Just a thought

    All the outrage and disrespect for President Obama is really starting to pay off Tea Trolls – NOT ! – LOL You guys are a really bad joke on this country.

    May 24, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  7. much thunder..little rain

    so much better than uncle joe...

    May 24, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    Looks as if it's going to be a repeat of 2008 and 2012 unless the GOP can drop the TeaParty trolling and get on with the business of bipartisanship governance.

    May 24, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Gimmemore

    Yay! Hillary wins in a poll for an election that is more than 1000 days away for a post she hasn't even announced for! Nothing like Crystal Ball reporting!

    May 24, 2013 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  10. Robert Camacho

    Whether You Like It or Not, Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton will be the first Female President of the United States.

    If she decides to run, but right now she earn a well deserve vacation.

    Ready for Hillary "2016"

    May 24, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  11. DC Johnny

    Just what we need... another "historic" presidency filled with exuberance from the media and cries of misogyny towards any dissenting voice of reason, while the size and scope of government balloons and freedoms are taken away one at a time.

    May 24, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Cooramoor

    Hillary. Doormat for Democrats for over 20 years.

    May 24, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Eat your heart out Darryl Issa. You can't derail the inevitable.

    May 24, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  14. Anonymous

    "He went on to win the swing state in the 2008 and 2012 general elections. But Bill Clinton was victorious in the state during both of his presidential elections, in 1992 and 1996." Nice phrasing there, CNN. The word "but" signals a contrasting comparison, but (used properly) here we have two similar phrases (both candidates won in Iowa in both elections). I don't mind the occasional typo, but at least try to use correct grammar.

    May 24, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  15. kamanalono

    Just stay cool, Hillary! The 'pubs are spending a lot money to beat you in 2016 and your not even running!.....(YET!).

    May 24, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  16. DC Johnny

    @just a thought

    You can keep laughing and cheering the demise of the country all the way to the bottom of the drain. It won't change the fact that the "Tea Trolls" you loathe so much are defending the rights of everyone under the limited government defined by the Constitution.

    Take a good look at Greece. We're about 20 years away from it. I can only pray for your sake that you are in your 80's and won't live to see the fruition of your votes and preposterous comments as they come home to roost.

    May 24, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. roy

    Forget Hillary write in Lary the cable guy.

    May 24, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  18. Clouds9

    Hilary Clinton will run and she will Win!!!

    May 24, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  19. Next

    CNN's next president...................they are excited...............

    May 24, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. bob

    Hillary who sold stinger missles to Al Queda and got our embassader killed. She is so insignificant now after her ' WHAT THE HELL DOES IT MATTER' comment that she will roasted alive. She is less qualified than obama is.

    May 24, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  21. vemaseku

    More corrupt more chances to win ,this country has changed and degrading to be next to the third world countries.
    Congratulations. Way to go. On the other hand the Nature is ponding with it's wrath expressing violently what we are going to witness in the future. If we don't care of the Nation as a whole think locally you are on the path of a great mess.

    May 24, 2013 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  22. bob

    Hillary is a liar, a thief and a murderer (vince foster) and if she runs will be the most hated presidential candidate of all time.

    May 24, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. Richard Long

    Hillary Clinton for 2016!!!
    Because we have buyers remorse for 2008!!!

    Because we know we have over three more years of Obama and we need a distraction or at least some light of 'hope' at the end of the dark tunnel known as Obama's 2nd term.

    What about Biden?!

    May 24, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  24. Polopoint

    #1. maybe good news for Hillary, but bad news for America.

    #2. in May of 2013?! Really?! Seriously? for something 3 1/2 years out? are we to put up with this from the media for the next 42 months? i defer to #1.

    May 24, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  25. Tom

    While I think Hillary would be a great President, the reality is that those with an early lead, never win.

    May 24, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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