Iowa voters say yes to Hillary Clinton
May 24th, 2013
09:37 AM ET
5 years 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. Freddie

    Remember Bengazi when you cast your vote for Hillary in 2016 – guess she was sleeping at 3:00 in the morning when our Ambassador was murdered or maybe she was watching the infamous video she so proudly referenced as a reason for the murder. Yikes – people – do you need a brick to hit you on the head before you wake up!

    May 24, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  2. Data Driven

    As a left-liberal, color me unexcited, but who else is there? Our bench is weak right now. But it IS awfully early, que non?

    May 24, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  3. Not CNN's Fault

    CNN didn't run the poll, a university did. There is no conspiracy or motive by CNN. If you are mad at anyone for running early polls then get mad at Quinnipiac University!

    May 24, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. CodyE

    I am all for her. And I live in Davenport.

    May 24, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Meki60

    another criminal in office

    May 24, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. Puddin

    I don't care what anyone else says, I love Joe Biden, and he's a treasure trove of information for our president. The president has said the wisest thing he has done in his political career is choose Biden as his VP. The only thing is... I don't think Joe could win, and we would have a jerk of a Repub in the White House. NO, NO, NO, we can't have that! I hope Hilliary runs, but I would understand if she didn't. If she did run, I think she would win regardless, but a new "do" and, even though I think she has earned every wrinkle, a facelift would secure her win. LOL! (Yes, I'm a vain ole broad). I wish her well in whatever she does. Anyone who can forgive a husband and make the marriage work deserves nothing but sweetness in life.

    May 24, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  7. Darryl

    Hey Freddie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Your comment about Bengazi and the 4 americans ? It is sad yes, But stop trying to blame Clinton for that personally. If you wanna blame someone personally for american deaths, then start with the 4000 Bush sent to the middle east for absolutely NO reason ! Weapona of mass destruction ? LOL, LOL....PLEASE !

    May 24, 2013 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  8. blakenaustin

    More evidence that half of the American people are complete morons. Supporting this compulsive liar who accomplished absolutely nothing as a senator or as secretary of state. No moral compass. Just a massive ego.

    May 24, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |

    This is very good news. It means Iowans don't care about the Benghazi attack, the damning Government report noting a failed State Department under Hillary Clinton, the rape and murder of a US Ambassador, the gross misappropriation of funds, the heavy hand of the State Department to squash information and keep Congress and the American People in the dark, the failures with North Korea and Pakistan, the further destabilizing of North Africa – Egypt and Libya a mess, Mali now a war front ... even the pay for play scheme she hitched up with her personal assistant.

    Hillary is right WHO CARES.. and Schumer was right as well... "the American People don't care.. you can't expect them to understand any of this... that's why they have us."

    May 24, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  10. Jinx9to88

    She has my vote, GOP blaming her for Benghazi is crazy. 13 embassy attacked under Bush 50+ people died, but did the Dems make that political? NO, GOP has nothing else to do but witch hunt and Dems will take back the house in 2014 and increase their lead over the "stupid party" in the senate.

    May 24, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. WakeUpUSA

    Thanks to amoral, uneducated liberals – America will be a third world country within 3 years.

    Mind you having photo ID would HALVE Obama and Clintons leads!

    May 24, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. patNY

    Two things:
    1. How scary she leads Rand Paul by ONLY 4 points. Because Paul is scary!
    2. How would she do against Chris Cristie?

    May 24, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. phoenix86

    I guess competence is not a quality Iowans look for in a candidate.

    May 24, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. haha

    well...Clinton needs to answer questions about bengazi. I believe that would tremendously hurt her chances.

    May 24, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  15. Jinx9to88

    I wish Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann would run in 2016. If they dont I am gonna miss the circus, but then again the GOP have other clowns in the clown car.

    May 24, 2013 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  16. scott bleyle

    Best of the worst,worst of the best.

    May 24, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. ed dugan

    Hillary is our best hope to bring some balance into the White House. If she runs she will win because the Republicans continue to field a group of losers like Rubio and that really scary Paul.

    May 24, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  18. DoseOfReality

    And not so good of news for the intelligence of Iowa voters

    May 24, 2013 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  19. Gurgyl

    Clear loud-YES TO OUR HILLARY 2016...

    May 24, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  20. ghostriter

    Benghazi! Scream it loud enough and it will become a real issue.

    I do so love republicans. This past 5 years has been quite entertaining. They have disrespected minorities, women, college kids, the middle class, the poor....just about every demographic that exists...then call anyone that doesn't agree with them amoral, uneducated moochers who aren't smart enough to see what they are offering is the best thing since Elvis.

    Then they blame losing to a guy with high unemployment rates on the 47% who only voted for him to get "stuff", blacks who aren't bright enough to vote based on anything other than race....and of course, the media.

    And you wonder why your approval rating is slightly better than a root canal.

    May 24, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  21. lottie

    well Iowa has always been a well educated state. Go girl

    May 24, 2013 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  22. Freddie

    Darryl – two wrongs don't make a right – no matter what excuses you come up with. The point is that none of us should be blinded by our political leanings but rather use common sense when choosing our leaders.

    May 24, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  23. Bobbi

    Remember Bengazi and her remarks "What does it matter???" It matters people in Iowa. It matters. The guy who person who loves I know America is lost and cannot be recovered. Socialism doesn't work liberals. Eventually tax money runs out because the middle class who works (WORKS) will eventually die also. I know that God is watching and my prayer is that HE comes soon.

    May 24, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. Herb

    Hillary is gonna beat anybody the GOP puts up PERIOD. Only person that can give Hillary a run for her money and possibly beat her is Christie. Oh but the dingbats kicking his back in. Hillary against Rand , Rubio , Cruz will be a landslide and like Obama she will take red states from them

    May 24, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  25. us_1776

    Hilary is a tough lady.

    Going to make a great first female president.


    May 24, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
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