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.

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soundoff (152 Responses)
  1. rockot

    Such an early poll would be about name recognition. Nobody doubts Hillary Clinton has name recognition.
    The problem is she's running to be the female president and not to be the president for all of america – which is why she lost 8 years ago.

    If she can change her tune – she can win. A lot will depend upon the economy, otherwise, the country will do its usual flip flop between parties, because the hope that the next flip flop will change things in washington, seems to be eternal.

    May 24, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  2. rockot

    Such an early poll would be about name recognition. Nobody doubts Hillary Clinton has name recognition.
    The problem is she's running to be the female president and not to be the president for all of america – which is why she lost 8 years ago.

    If she can change her tune – she can win. A lot will depend upon the economy, otherwise, the country will do its usual flip flop between parties, because the hope that the next flip flop will change things in washington, seems to be eternal...

    May 24, 2013 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  3. Republicans rule Obama

    Like Iowa would vote any other way, they are a blue state, besides what else do you expect from a bunch of farmers.

    May 24, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  4. kevinmshaffer

    This must just drive the Republican's and Tea Party folks CRAZY ... they can't believe their fakes scandals haven't worked against her!

    May 24, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  5. Dan

    So if Clinton gets elected, pretty much for the last 30 years, our country will be ruled by a Bush, Clinton, or Obama. So much for new minds and new ideas. Maybe Michelle Obama can run in 2024.

    May 24, 2013 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. Dan

    Our country continues to elect people based on name recognition and 'coolness' factor (wouldn't it be great to see a woman in the white house? who cares if she'll do a good job...)

    Our country will just play hot potato with debt. Whatever party is in control when it hits the fan will be blamed for it, because nobody has the courage to stand up and say 'it's a great program, but we don't have the money for it'

    May 24, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  7. JIM

    didn't know Iowa was full of sheeple

    May 24, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  8. censored

    When I read that caption, I thought she had avoided prison by the way it was worded.

    May 24, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |

    Gotta love the "Fake Scandles" remark from a progressive. This woman has been involved in numerous scandles since before her husband was president. She has just managed to politically pay her way out of them. Quit drinking the koolaide liberals. This woman is dirty.

    May 24, 2013 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  10. m123

    Yes, vote for Hillary who has no major accomplishments as SOS other than making sure help didn't arrive for Amb. Stevens.
    But the brain dead Obama drones will support anyone Democratic, so who cares.

    May 24, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  11. JJ

    Hillary Clinton will never be President. She is one of the most hated and despised women in the country. She is incompetent, has blood on her hands from the Benghazi murders of four Americans, committed perjury during the Benghazi hearings and as SOS fostered the expansion of Al Qaeda in Egypt, Libya and No. Africa. If she is so popular, she would have won the Democratic nomination in 2008 against Obama.

    May 24, 2013 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. Larry

    Good luck! All these politicians in the spotlight are there for a reason, we don't trust them and they are not the Patriots we want in office. These polls are a stunt, my County won't for for Hillary, "What does it matter" Clinton

    May 24, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Hehe. Hillary Clinton 2016 by a LANDSLIDE!

    May 24, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. cosmok

    Yep, CNN is already working to get the next liberal elected president.

    May 24, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  15. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Not only would she win, she'd be the Greatest U.S. President ever. Ooops, sorry President Obama!

    May 24, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  16. Joe

    Yeah, and maybe Palin will be the Republican candidate. We're screwed.

    May 24, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  17. janelle

    It speaks volumes for how far our country has gone down the toilet when even the illusion of competence is no longer a requirement to be President of the United States and Commander in Chief!

    May 24, 2013 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  18. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I don't know if I should laugh or cry when conservatives say Mrs. Clinton is not qualified to run for the WH because of the Benghazi tragedy. First and foremost, Hillary Clinton did NOT cause the Benghazi attacks. Secondly, while Mrs. Clinton, Ms. Rice and President Obama have been blamed for the Benghazi attacks, I believe the reason why we weren't prepared to prevent the attacks is simply because intelligence of a possible planned attack had not been made available simply because republican head of the CIA David Petreaus was having an affair with two women while the terrorists were plotting to attack our consulate. Hey, lets call a spade a spade and put the blame where it belongs because the benghazi mission was a CIA mission that never did get off the ground.

    May 24, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. ted

    Benghazi !!!!!

    Or Duluth !!!!, I always get those two mixed up.

    May 24, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  20. give me liberty

    clinton news network

    May 24, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  21. Free Man in the Republic of Texas


    Stonewalled that puppy.


    Move along.... Nothing to see here.....

    There is NO there... there.

    At this point what difference doe's it make.....

    Put the maker of "that" disgusting video in jail

    FORWARD >>> >>> >>> >>> >>>
    All of america can be like DETROIT
    Hope & Change
    Yes WE Can

    Let's ALL sing Hymn # 3
    What a friend WE have in the IRS

    May 24, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  22. Nick

    At this point, what difference does it make?

    May 24, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  23. Tina

    The Republican Party is out of touch with Average Americans!!!!

    President Bill Clinton had the Economy at Surplus. Heck yeah I am voting for Hillary Clinton in 2016....

    May 24, 2013 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  24. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    OK, OK. You want to blame the Benghazi attacks on Mrs. Clinton? OK fine. But I have a few daunting questions I want answered. WHO was in the White House when our nation was attacked on 9/11/01? WHO authorized the illegitimate Iraqi war? WHO failed to produce WMDs? Who abandoned and prolonged the Afghan war to invade Iraq? and finally, WHO WON the 2004 Presidential election? O' and by the way, who caused the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression? I rest my case!

    Hillary Clinton 2016 by a LANDSLIDE?

    May 24, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  25. Lisa P.

    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

    At this point I'm ready to see the Dems play hard ball. I didn't think that was the right approach in 2008 - I figured Hillary would be too polarizing a figure - but the Republicans have proved over the last five years that they will wail and gnash their teeth over literally nothing. Anything to avoid compromise, or doing the people's business. They would rather make something up and throw a media tantrum. And that's with a sweetie like Barack Obama as President, who would happily give you 90% of what you want just to get you to the table. It's ridiculous. If the Republicans are going to spend their time shouting lies we might as well put someone in there who will really give them something to shout about. If any of the current crop even make it to 2016, that is. The American people might wise up by next year with Obamacare (finally!) kicking in.

    May 24, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
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