(CNN) - In a new survey of potential 2016 presidential candidates, 52% of registered voters say they have a favorable opinion of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, down from 61% who said the same thing in February.
But the Quinnipiac University poll shows Clinton would be the favorite in hypothetical matchups against Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
Clinton finished out her term in early February with high marks in public polls. But as she has largely stepped out of the limelight and as Republicans have ramped up efforts to pin the Obama administration over the Benghazi attack, the new survey released Friday indicates her favorable rating has dropped.
Among Democrats, she's still highly popular, with 91% saying they view her in a favorable light, while 46% of independents and only 18% of Republicans feel the same way. Broken down by gender, 59% of women say they have a positive opinion of her, while less than half of men-44%–agree.
"The drop in her favorability is substantial among men, Republicans and independent voters. One reason for her drop may be that 48 percent of voters blame her either a little or a lot for the death of the American ambassador in Benghazi," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
Vice President Joe Biden's rating has also decreased over the same time period, from 45% to 31%, among registered voters.
On the Republican side, Sen. Paul has already been traveling to early primary states as he expresses interest in a 2016 presidential campaign. In a matchup against Clinton, however, the Kentucky senator falls behind, 41% to Clinton's 49%.
Bush, who has not been as active in stoking 2016 speculation, also falls behind Clinton in the poll, 40% to 48%.
If Biden were in the picture, however, the tables would turn. Paul fares better in a matchup against Biden, 43% to 39%, as does Bush, 44% to Biden's 38%.
"If Ms. Clinton chooses not to run in 2016, the potential Democratic field could include a somewhat unpopular vice president and a number of new faces who are unknown to the vast majority of Americans," said Brown. "The potential Republican candidates include many unknowns also," Brown added. "Some of them, however, lead the incumbent vice president and outscore him when it comes to overall voter favorability."
For the survey, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,419 registered voters by telephone from May 22 – 28, with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.
My dog could run against any of the tea trolls they have in line for 2016 and win!
Hillary has shown that she is a woman who can handle any pressure that comes her way with dignity and a clear head.
I still love that "turkey?" response to paul lite who knows absolutely nothing except his racists rants and beating up on women.
These polls are a JOKE!!! She WILL win if she runs. I still think she should have won back in 2008 but dumb voters costed her that, they must have developed intelligence over the past 4+ years. We can only hope.
The Democratic Party subversives, intend to maintain their stranglehold on America, and will do whatever it takes, legal or illegal to accomplish that goal.
It is up to the people, to see the danger, and to reject those attempts to take over the country.
Do you believe this–media fabricated by GOP thugs bribe and NRA idiots ruse???? Nonsense. Hillary16. Period.
Democrats love her, women love her, minorities will vote for her.
Can you link the poll that shows her down to 51%? Because you don't seem to provide a source. Just a link to the Quinnipiac web page.
i wonder what the American people hope to gain with a republican in power. we need another young and upcoming dem to join the fray of running for president. the repubs has too much propaganda machine to smash the dems, such as fox news, all the corporate news stations like cnbc, fox business news, and a hoard of right winged radio propaganda mchine that outnumbers the dems 20 to 1, and their relentless 24 hour demonizing is unsurpassed. the dems are too wishy washy and too easily run over by the repubs. the dems need a politician like an Anthony Weiner. hes the only dem i see will stand up face to face with the repubs and throw blow for blow.
Must be the benghazi stuff finally catching up to her, yeah, right, jsut keep doing what your doing gop, we will let you know next yeaar what we think, hillarys poll numbers could drop like a rock, im still voting for her, no matter what the gop does. the gop is in for a rude awakening if they dont get voter restriction done, oh wait thats the dems who do voter fraud, ha, loser gop, one and all. the fact that without voter restriction, your on your way out, do you really think you can control the vote?, and rule with treasonist intentions?
As a country we need to focus on the now and all of the issues that are ongoing that need attention. Do we know who's running for 2016 president for sure?? It's way to soon!
Let us send the criminal to jail
Just wait till 2016 shows up,in the mean time its more fun to watch the gop flounder ,and wait. Tell the hoop brain dead morons lose the house in2014. The gop the garbage of America and the party of stupid ,only idiots would vote for these losers !!!!
Remember GOP CNN polls are wrong ALL the time. so don't party it up just yet or get the victory banners out.
Why are we still talking about Hillary?
She has not officially said she would run in 2016.
If she did, didn't she lose to Obama?
Obama hasn't even finished year one of term two. What does that say?
In contrast to the likes of Michelle Bachman, Al Sharpton, Bush '43 or Sarah Palin, no one doubts that Hillary Clinton is an extremely intelligent person. However, people want leaders who are trustworthy, not just intelligent - and Ms. Clinton still seems to have some explaining to do on Benghazi, Whitewater and some other very unfortunate blemishes.
2016 is a long time from now. We need to focus on the here and now.
@I'm not a member of "know" party.
That would be NO party. The uneducated GOP base provides me with so much humor.
"uh....Ben Ghazi...uh.....soshulist......uh..........unamurkin......." The GOP has NO ONE that could even give her a slight challange. Even if her numbers tank, she'll still stomp any real GOP candidate. And by that I mean anyone that is given the thumbs up by Grover, Rush, and T-B party....you know......a moron
Come out of hiding, Hillary. Tell the truth, all will be forgiven.
all you have to do is take a poll of the average "voting" person on the street that makes less than 75 K per yr. Most of these people work day in, & day out, week in, & week out – a lot of the average people out there, don't constantly keep up with current politics – ( sad to say, but it's true) IF you show a photo (for these people) that was on that stage, at the republican primaries, they couldn't tell you Who they are, or were – IF you put up that pic of Clinton, I'll bet you a dollar to your dime, that most will "relate" to that pic. 'nuff said.
"The drop in her favorability is substantial among men, Republicans and independent voters. One reason for her drop may be that 48 percent of voters blame her either a little or a lot for the death of the American ambassador in Benghazi," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute."
And yet... she is still a clear favorite over any one of the GOPerville candidates listed?
Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi 2016
Ithink you got it Dumb Voters+Obama=Hillary. Yesterday the Unemployment figures went up 10,000. Not exactly exciting news for the Dumb Voters, eh?
Wake up people. Yes one can only hope. But don't count on it!
Dumbing down of America = insurance for another democratic president no matter who runs.
Rick, are you sure you understand what the gop has to offer, you sound a bit confused. the gop is trying to restrict the vote, kill education, and crash wages , and ruin the economy, what policies is it you think the gop has that will help the working middle class, they offer nothing but the same old ideaology that nearly killed our economy, you my freind, need to get real, and do us all a favor and do some research
Hillary is a sellout – lied about Benghazi-I will campaign AGAINST her-She & B O must think the American people are stupid to buy their dog & pony show
Expect the Republican/Tea Party campaign of character assasination to continue through the next presidential sweepstakes.