Washington (CNN) - A new national poll offers more evidence that Hillary Clinton, if she runs, would be the overwhelming frontrunner in the battle for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination.
A Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday also indicates that the fight for the Republican nomination would be a wide open contest, and that Clinton holds double digit leads over potential GOP contenders in hypothetical general election matchups.
According to the poll, just over six in 10 Democrats and independents who lean toward the party say they would back the former secretary of state for their party's nomination, far ahead of the 11% supporting Vice President Joe Biden. Seven percent say they'd back Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, with 2% saying they'd vote for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. No other candidate topped 1% in the survey.
The poll is very similar to a CNN/ORC International survey on the potential 2016 race that was conducted in early September, and with previous polls from other organizations conducted earlier this year that also indicated Clinton, who has not said whether she'll run, standing far above of all the other possible Democratic candidates.
Even though the next race for the White House is a long way away, there's already intense speculation over whether the former first lady, senator, and 2008 Democratic White House candidate, will make a second bid for president.
"I'm not in any hurry. I think it's a serious decision, not to be made lightly, but it's also not one that has to be made soon," Clinton told New York Magazine last month, in her first interview since retiring as secretary of state at the beginning of this year.
"As she watches the hand-to-hand political combat in Washington, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains above the fray and the queen of the 2016 mountain," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "We've got a long way to 2016, but at this point she looks very, very strong."
As with the CNN survey from earlier in September and other polls from earlier this year, the new Quinnipiac survey also indicates no GOP frontrunner among the potential Republican White House hopefuls.
Seventeen percent of Republicans and independents who lean toward the GOP say they support Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, with 13% backing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 12% supporting Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, 11% backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 10% each supporting Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House Budget chairman and 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, with 3% backing Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The Quinnipiac poll did not ask about former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate who battled eventual nominee Mitt Romney deep into the GOP primary season.
Rubio's number stands out. The first-term senator, considered a rock star among many Republicans, dropped seven percentage points from Quinnipiac's April poll on 2016, when he stood at 19%.
Rubio's support of immigration reform - he was a high profile member of a bipartisan group of senators who pushed immigration reform passage through the Senate this spring - may have hurt his standing with many conservative voters opposed to such efforts.
Ryan also dropped seven points, from 17% to 10%, since Quinnipiac's April survey. Cruz, who stands at 10% now, was not included in the April poll.
In potential general election showdowns, the poll indicates Clinton leading Christie 49%-36%, topping Paul 53%-36% and beating Cruz 54%-31%.
While such early surveys are eye catching and interesting to read, polls taken two to three years before an election have absolutely no predictive value and should not be treated as a barometer of what will happen in 2016.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted September 23-29, with 1,497 registered voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.