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. Bill

    I would love to see a match up between Clinton and The Aqua Buddha. The GOP, a party without portfolio (and without a candidate who can win the White House).

    May 24, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  2. Jen

    I would love to see this, but who knows what could change in three and a half years?

    May 24, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  3. Lisa P.


    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

    Sleeping! At 3:00a? Outrageous! Why wasn't she awake and thinking up new ways to prostrate our country before Islam, or imposing Sharia law on the infidels, or murdering Vince Foster, or spying on Bill. I could never support a candidate who snoozes away valuable time that could be spent undermining our Constitution and destroying the Free World. But then Hilary Clinton has always been an under-achiever and simply not Presidential material, despite those pesky polls. For all the talk you'd think this was a democracy, of something.

    May 24, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. Rambone

    If Clinton got 8 years after Obama is finished, that might just be enough to finally get the country turned around after all those devastating years under the Bush regime. If a republican sneaks in after Obama it will be a setback that this country might not be able to recover from.

    May 24, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Paul

    Who cares what people in Iowa think? I could care less the whole election campaign system is rigged to keep out people that might actually do some good instead we end up with whatever crazy happens to be popular at the moment. I imagine the press will love her just like they help elect Obama.

    May 24, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. Sniffit

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

    And believing is half the battle? Problem for you guys is the other half is getting reality to comply. She's a fickle one, I'll give you that, but it appears from all the evidence that she's decided your belief will remain just that, belief.

    May 24, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. j thomas

    its in the bag for hillary. jes ask vince foster

    May 24, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  8. Lisa P.

    By the way, I notice our beloved Governor Scott Walker doesn't even make the list. How sad. I'll bet he doesn't waste good 3:00a plotting time by sleeping - he's *always* looking for new ways to destroy our state.

    May 24, 2013 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    Just like Iowa made bad choices the last time.......they make bad choices, yet again.

    May 24, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. cw

    She's already proved she knows how to lie to Congress and brush off a terrorist attached in Libya, yeah sure, elect her president and see how the Country will not get any better than it is right now!

    May 24, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  11. nuclear mike

    Hillary's problem is real and she knows her personal health is her issue. She is not healthy enough to run for President even though she resigned the State Dept. in order to attempt to recover her health.
    Any VP chosen would have to be considered becoming President if she was elected.

    May 24, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. john west

    as far as i'm concerned, she is the only one qualified for the job. Period...........................

    May 24, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  13. llatpoh

    I voted for Hillary in the 2008 primaries,was so disappointed that she did not win the democratic nomination. So then I voted for Obama... I have to say the Obama/Hillary reign has made me sick to my stomach. The arrogance, the hypocrisy, the deceit...

    Hillary's chances of winning are NIL... all one needs is the video loop of Hillary saying about four dead Americans "WHAT DOES IT MATTER?!?! They covert stinger missle sales to Al-Q insurgents; telling General Hamm to stand down; etc etc

    Time to clean house...

    May 24, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  14. lB Colorado

    Hillary actually did beat Obama with "real" votes not the electoral – they were bought and paid for. Hillary is not the person we thought she was in 2008 – she coward and submitted to the Will of the party (Benghazi). I don't see anyone on either side that has the ability to beat her except if her husband could run he would be the winner.

    May 24, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Truth

    They should try "stacking" her against someone who is actually going to run before throwing their party...

    May 24, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  16. Mike

    Amazing that the Clinton's became one of the wealthiest first families after Bill was President by foreign money and industries Bill supported while President, yet still maintains such strong support from liberals and Democrats. Bill and Hillary make Romney look good and honest. Guess it really is about telling them what they want to hear regardless of facts.

    May 24, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Guest

    Republican, democrat or independent. Maybe we should just focus on who is the best person to elect to our nations highest office. After all, they are there to represent all of us and our interest.

    May 24, 2013 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  18. Lisa P.


    ... all one needs is the video loop of Hillary saying about four dead Americans "WHAT DOES IT MATTER?!?!...

    May 24, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am

    Of course, "What, at this point, does it matter?" refers determining to the specific motives of the Benghazi attackers, but don't let a little thing like the facts get in the way of your partisan fairy tale. I'm sure the only reason you voted for Hilary in the primary was because Rush told you to and that actually pulling the lever for Barack Obama would have caused your already feeble head to explode. Time to clean house, indeed - start with your own.

    May 24, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  19. Ari

    I would love to vote for her and would probably write her in if she wasn't on the ticket and no other party presented a decent candidate. I'm afraid that her age is an issue though. She seems to be fairly healthy but three years is a long time and if she is elected we turn that into 7 and possibly 11 years that she would need to maintain good health. I think she should team up with Elizabeth Warren as her VP. There's a ticket i would be THRILLED to vote for.

    May 24, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  20. The Big NB

    I wonder if the GOP will remain the "Party of No" through 8 years of a new Clinton administration? It's like the party is running a car into the wall, and instead of reversing and getting away from the burning car, they've got the pedal to the metal. They're hell bound on stupidity. It's lights out for the grumpy ole party! They're gonna turn this country into a one party system.

    May 24, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  21. manannan

    us_1776 "Hilary is a tough lady.

    Going to make a great first female president."

    He MEMORY is worse than REAGANS.

    May 24, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  22. Name lynn

    You are right president have done an did some good things as being the first black president coming behind bush, hillary clinton will be a good president after obama. The bush done and did what he wanted to do because it was his finally year in the white house.

    May 24, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  23. J Robinson

    All these boomers that want to see a female president in their lifetimes are pushing her. But she looks really worn out and the Clinton influence on American politics is close to having run its course. It has been a long, successful ride for them both, but time is marching on and we need younger visions going forward.

    May 24, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  24. California Gary

    @Lisa P.........based on your commentary, I would say you are one squared away lady. It is most definitely time to "clean house"...........and I believe Hillary is the one best positioned to do it.

    May 24, 2013 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Repeat after me

    It's 2013. Media, stop making elections the point of being elected. You are why this countries elections are so ridiculous. It's 2013. Come back in 2 and 1/2 years.

    May 24, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
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