Poll: Iowa Democrats want 'fresh face' in '16 over experienced candidate
September 28th, 2013
10:30 PM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Iowa Democrats want 'fresh face' in '16 over experienced candidate

Washington (CNN) - Between them, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden boast almost 70 years' experience in public life. But a new poll out of Iowa indicates their deep résumés may work against them if either elects to run for president in 2016.

A Des Moines Register poll of the state's Democratic adults shows that, when asked what kind of candidate would have the best chance of winning a race for the nation's highest office, 50% said they want a "fresh face who will represent a new generation with new ideas."


The poll, conducted from September 22 through September 25, found only 41% of Democrats, when given the choice between a newcomer and "someone with decades of public service" would side with the more seasoned candidate - like Biden or Clinton.

The vice president spent 36 years in the United States Senate before becoming President Barack Obama's No. 2, while Clinton served eight years in the legislative body, in addition to two terms as first lady and nearly 12 years as first lady of Arkansas.

Limiting the polls sample size to likely Democratic caucus participants, however, skews the results back towards the familiar: those Democrats give a "fresh face" a slim edge over an Oval Office-ready choice, 49% – 48%, well within the poll's 3.5% margin of error.


Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • Joe Biden
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    And so does the GOP. Next.

    September 28, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Hillary Clinton will run in 2016 , and she will win . She will be the first democratic female president of the United States of America .
    And when people look back on history , they will ask what went wrong with the Party of Lincoln .

    After 2024 , we better see some new faces , and I hope there not Clinton's or Bush's !

    September 29, 2013 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  3. Brandon

    Isn't this why people picked Obama of Clinton in 08? This is hogwash, give me my experienced, ready on day one candidate!! Clinton 2016!!!

    September 29, 2013 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  4. ep tor

    These polls are nonsense. The candidate that will be selected is the most likely to win candidate regardless of age.

    September 29, 2013 04:34 am at 4:34 am |
  5. @RI_Roger (Follow me on Twitter)

    Isn't that what they got the last time (BHO)? I'd say the need something in the middle, someone who represents the people. Oh.... That person doesn't exist under the "Big Tent" of the Democratic party! Sorry, you'll need to wait until 2020 for one to emerge.

    September 29, 2013 05:47 am at 5:47 am |
  6. Dar

    A Fresh face you say, How about a fresh person that tells the truth! I know that they are hard to come by in politics, but there has to be one out there some where!!

    September 29, 2013 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  7. Marie MD

    Oh goodie, anything else that a red state (mostly white) with a mere population of 3M and 30th in population of all states want to enlighten us with?
    Even their democrats are out of touch with the reality that the new fresh faces are teatards who want to destroy the country.
    Now the koch brothers are paying to conduct polls?

    September 29, 2013 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  8. Gurgyl

    We love Our Joe. Hillary16.

    September 29, 2013 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. jim g

    "Bill, what is that in your mouth?"

    September 29, 2013 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  10. jim g

    "Bill, where are you putting that cigar?"

    September 29, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  11. Anthony Deisla

    Bad news for Hillary. If Dems are smart, the'll nominate her as she would be a not unbeatable, but a formidable candidate. Outside of her, they have nobody.

    September 29, 2013 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  12. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who cares what the hick state of Iowa wants, it's what the majority of the American voters wants that matters , not what the teaparty hicks that have a following of 1% of the dumbest voters in the USA demand,GOP idiots Cruz lee Rubio and the rest of the GOP idiots who will lose their next election and obamacare will still be here!!!!!

    September 29, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Larry in Houston

    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, But Iowa doesn't decide on who our next POTUS will be. It's just the place where all the "horses" are at the "starting gate"

    September 29, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Hillary will win and the Democrats will hold the White House for at least a decade. The beauty of this is that the ancient, right wing traitors on the Supreme Court will probably die and intelligent progressives will be nominated.

    September 29, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    No. Democrats do not want a "fresh face" with "fresh ideas". They tried that with Barack Obama. They'll stick with Hillary. They have no other choice if they want to succeed in getting rid of the teaparty membership in Congress. There is no doubt that a large majority of Americans agree it is high time for the Palin's, the Bachmann's, and the Cruz's of the GOP to say a fond farewell. And it is time for the media paid pollsters to start doing their job and bringing truthful polls into the limelight. America has had quite enough of lies. MTP's David Gregory and MSNBC's Chuck Todd nothwithstanding.

    September 29, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  16. Name Uche Agonsi

    Many Demos could attach 'fresh' to their names in different designs if its the way Iowa wants it. Hillary, as a woman can be refreshing, old men to be elected in 2014 could answer fresh, Iowans could even go to Havard Law School for people like Ted Cruz and Palin( that would either perfect in hostage taking or abandon the presidency after two months) for their type of fresh. The only condition the freshgate is that the state would hold its peace and avoid complaint when hell turns loose. My advice for such abnormal desire is for Iowans to know that leadership is not just a product of youthfulness.

    September 29, 2013 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |