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. Roger B

    By the time the next presidential election is here we will be looking for a non political respectable business individual to lead us out of this financial crisis we are in and making worst each month we print more monies to stimulate the false economy we live in. The clinton name will be irrelevant.

    May 24, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. sheila

    @Melissa! Bring back Bill!? Have you lost your mind? He was a disgrace – should never have been elected!

    May 24, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. MarcNJ

    Can't we get through the first year of THIS administration before worrying about the next election?

    May 24, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Thom Burke

    I would love to see a Hillary Clinton/Elizabeth Warren ticket.
    That said, we need to have a single National Primary Day. Giving certain states like Iowa and New Hampshire the first primaries has really skewed campaigning and policies. Many states are effectively eliminated from the process all together as it is, because the party candidates are essentially already determined before their state's primary. And it has resulted in bad policies for the country like all the subsidies for corn to be made into fuel.

    May 24, 2013 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. Mark

    Hillary 2016!

    May 24, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  6. joyce m. small

    Gosh that is just what we need a woman just a few months short of her 70th
    birthday being elected president. I can hear the cheers right now.

    May 24, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. davecu

    She can't run!
    She has a problem being honest with THE people and her accomplishments in office are less that stellar.
    The Jews and Palestinians are still pissed.
    Iran and N Korea still want nukes.
    Our relationship with Mother Russia isn't good.

    May 24, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    More than 70 years later, Nazi war criminals are still being brought to justice for their war crimes against humanity.

    Google: "Just Foreign Policy – Iraqi war casualties"

    The current Iraqi death toll from the 2003 U.S. invasion and ongoing civil war now stands at 1,455,590.

    Its still time for a war crimes tribunal against the Bush cabinet and their republican accomplices.

    May 24, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  9. Ralph Rodgers

    @Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    typical liberal bs, Let us imagine is Bill clinton did his job when we had the chance to kill or capture Osama Bin Obama.. oops I mean bin laden there would have never would have been a 9/11. I know for fact after 9/11 no attacks on US soil until Oblamo became potus. You liberals are typical yall can't take responsibility for your own lives or the mistakes you make always blaming everyone else for your screw ups..

    May 24, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Ron

    The GOP candidate is practically dead in the water if Hillary runs. Christie is their only hope, but he'll get no respect from foreign countries because he's such a TUB.

    May 24, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. hmfic

    if you think the Republicans and the Tea Party are angry now, wait unit President Obama and Secretary Clinton have their faces carved into Mount Rushmore, for being the first African American and the first women Presidents......I think at that point they will all leap of a cliff like a bunch of lemmings.

    May 24, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Right wing fear mongering and lies. First the right wing christian whacko birds in the bible belt said if America ever elected a black President, according to their biblical prophisies, the Apocalypse woud dawn upon our soles on 12/21/12. Gee, still breeding! Then conservatives said Obamacare will be recalled. Gee, Obamacare today, Obamacare tomorrow and Obamacare forever. Then they said Mr. 47th%er was going to win the White House. Hehe. YES WE CAN: FOUR MORE YEARS.

    Hillary Clinton by a LANDSLIDE 2016!

    May 24, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Teamchaos

    She left over Benghazi this is going to bit her in the butt

    May 24, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. VoteYes

    They like her in Iowa because she has a turkey neck and looks like a farm animal.

    May 24, 2013 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  15. gpzjack

    Sad very Sad. People think things are bad now wait til she gets into office.

    May 24, 2013 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  16. Gregory L. Faith

    OMG!! Say it is not so. IOWA we need a leader who can bring up everyone into prosperity. She has no clue. And never will.

    May 24, 2013 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  17. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Ralph

    Perhaps if GWB had done his job and propperly vetted the Boston terrorists before giving them legal status in America, President Obama won't be blamed for those attacks. And by the way, when our military had the chance to get OBL in the battle of Tora Bora, GWB weavered and told Gen Tommy Franks to abort the mission because in his words, "the terrain is too tough and the mission is too risky." So just imagine the world's best trained and equipped military leaves such a complicated mission up to the local Mujahideen, allowing OBL to escape into nuclear-based Pakistan to regroup and plot more attacks on America and our allies.

    May 24, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  18. California

    Haha Hilary won't stand a chance! Please give it a go!!!!

    May 24, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Dr. Chris Swindell

    Hate to remind the Tea Party that we continued to suffer terror attacks on our embassies in the Bush years. But, those were no more Bush's fault than the Boston bombing was Obama's. There is one difference you will never be able to erase ... with all your spewing, foaming, anti-American posts. Bush/Cheney started a pre-emptive war without justification. They violated the Constitution in the wake of 9/11. And they should be prosecuted as war criminals. Obama is not my favorite commander in chief. Hillary has issues. Chris Christie does too. But, they're far and away better than the awful hate-filled people you guys forward. America would be better off without your ilk.

    May 24, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. sassysticks53

    Thank you Iowa!

    Hillary Clinton/Elizabeth Warren 2016!

    May 24, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. sassysticks53

    Clinton could be in jail for the Benghazi lies to Congress by the end of next year!
    -----------------
    LOL! When Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld all get sent to prision, maybe we can concentrate on Hillary. Until that happens, Hillary will be POTUS in 2016!

    May 24, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  22. Paul

    Republicans better hope and pray that Biden runs, what a mistake making him VP...

    May 24, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Name willard

    Hillary clinton are stupaid that she make feel soft heart with her husband cause he was problems affair with other one lenzisky so I'm really sorry for her problems

    May 24, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  24. Atoadaso

    I want a Republican in office so they can fix everything. We will have 4 years of hearing, "We can't fix anything because Obama left such a mess." Boo-hoo. How 'bout blaming pretzel-eating, My Pet Goat reading, golfing, fishing, just-plain-stupid, Bush. People forget that the Bush administration had them living in fear of talking about them. FBI agents were dispatched to homes to investigate people who spoke out in public and groups like the Dixie Chicks were ruined. The Bush administration will go down as being the most corrupt in history. We can only go forward when we realize and own up to our mistakes. Bush was a mistake, and he is going to cost us for a long, long time. Obama needs to stand up to the right-wing nuts and use his executive privileges.

    May 24, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  25. katie

    By 2015 she'll look like the satan's mistress she really is. Do you really think you can sell your soul to the devil and it won't show?

    May 24, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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