2016 Poll: Clinton tops GOP field in crucial state
February 20th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
5 months ago

2016 Poll: Clinton tops GOP field in crucial state

(CNN) – Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in each election since 1964.

So who do Buckeye State voters say may win their state in the next race for the White House?

A new Quinnipiac University poll suggests that Hillary Clinton sweeps the field of potential Republican presidential contenders in hypothetical 2016 matchups in the crucial battleground state.

According to the survey, the former secretary of state tops New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 49%-36% among registered voters in Ohio. Clinton and Christie were basically knotted up in November, soon after Christie's landslide re-election as governor and before the New Jersey bridge controversy went viral nationwide.

The poll also indicates Clinton leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 51%-36%, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida 50%-36%, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky 51%-38%, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas 51%-34%, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, 49%-40%, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich 51%-39%.

"Of Republicans tested, Wisconsin's Paul Ryan runs best in Ohio against the former Secretary of State and Gov. John Kasich runs relatively well. But Mrs. Clinton remains far and away the leader at this point in Ohio," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Clinton, who says she'll decide by the end of this year if she launches another bid for the White House, would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if she runs.

Ohio voters, by a 55%-39% margin, say Clinton would make a good president. No Republican listed on the questionnaire got a positive score on that question.

Polls conducted this early in a presidential election cycle are heavily influenced by name recognition and are often not very good indicators of what may actually occur down the road.

As for the current president, Barack Obama's approval/disapproval rating stands at 40%-55%. That's nothing to brag about, but it's an improvement from Quinnipiac's late November poll, when the President stood at 34%-61%.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Feb. 12-17, with 1,370 Ohio voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. The Real Tom Paine

    Right wing response a la Daffy Duck:

    Its a lie! Its a lie!

    February 20, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Enough is Enough

    "Polls conducted this early in a presidential election cycle are heavily influenced by name recognition and are often not very good indicators of what may actually occur down the road."

    So why did you waste our time with this? Is CNN addicted to polls? Can you do any real investigative reporting?

    February 20, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Seeing how almost every Republican governor's name being tossed around keeps looking less and less like a viable candidate by each passing week, it makes you ask yourself who's left. I wonder how Gov. Jan Brewer, R-AZ, would do in a race against Clinton.

    February 20, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Ohio voters, by a 55%-39% margin, say Clinton would make a good president. No Republican listed on the questionnaire got a positive score on that question.
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    The GOP is trying to restrict voting rights in Ohio. It's a no brainer for Ohioans to stand behind Hillary.

    February 20, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  5. Bill from GA

    So Hillary polls well. Let's elect Hillary.

    Doesn't matter that we know nothing about what she stands for, she has shown no talent for leadership to date, she has shown none of the likeability of President Obama (You gotta admit, Barry is a nice guy), she has made major stupid mistakes like her vote in the Senate to give W authority to needlessly invade Iraq and her idiotic 'Start' button fiasco with Russia. On and on; no talent.

    But she Polls Well.
    Oh, yeah. She's A Woman.

    February 20, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The Real Tom Paine

    Right wing response a la Daffy Duck:

    Its a lie! Its a lie!
    -------------------------------------------------
    HILARIOUS!!!!
    Mine! Mine! Mine! Down! Down! Down!

    February 20, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Bill from GA

    So Hillary polls well. Let's elect Hillary.

    Doesn't matter that we know nothing about what she stands for, she has shown no talent for leadership to date, she has shown none of the likeability of President Obama (You gotta admit, Barry is a nice guy), she has made major stupid mistakes like her vote in the Senate to give W authority to needlessly invade Iraq and her idiotic 'Start' button fiasco with Russia. On and on; no talent.

    But she Polls Well.
    Oh, yeah. She's A Woman.
    ***************
    Perhaps its also a reflection of the poor quality of her potential opposition, and, since Christie is sinking like the Titanic inder the weight of investigations and the WSJ ( a Murdoch paper) where does that leave the GOP?

    February 20, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  8. Bill from GA

    The Real Tom Paine "... where does that leave the GOP?

    I think the real question is, Where does that leave the USA?

    Surely the Dems can come up with someone better than Hillary.
    It is still early.

    February 20, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  9. Tampa Tim

    Since most republican governors are in trouble, it looks like the only hope for the GOP will be the Washington insiders: Gomert/Bachmann in 2016.

    February 20, 2014 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  10. just asking

    i wasn't aware there was an election in progress. oh, there isn't.

    and of course hillary clinton would be ahead in the polls. with nonstop leftwing media stories like this one telling everybody she is the front runner in a non-existant election, she gets free politcial advertising.

    why don't you use these resources on getting an interview with hillary clinton where she goes over what she was doing during the entire time her employees were under attack and being killed? now that would be actual reporting. too much to ask for i guess.

    February 20, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Bill

    The GOP is scared to death of this woman because they know she can beat any of the clowns they run. Cruz, Aqua Buddha, Walker, Christie, Perry. The Keystone Kops are alive in well in the GOP. Have to wonder who else will jump on the clown car. Jeb Bush has a better chance, but he still has to grapple with that last name – Bush, and he may not even run. Hillary still would beat him in a head to head.

    February 20, 2014 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  12. Darlene

    I smell fear!!

    February 20, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. CryBabies

    Did you know about the war on women? Big "left wing" talking point!! Hillary used its tactics to go after Bill's extra- curricular activities. Bill got what he was after....and Hillary denegrated the accusers. That my friends, is the ultimate "war on women".

    February 20, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Bill from GA

    The Real Tom Paine "... where does that leave the GOP?

    I think the real question is, Where does that leave the USA?

    Surely the Dems can come up with someone better than Hillary.
    It is still early.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Considering the hatred directed at Dem politicians these days why would ANYONE want the job?

    February 20, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Flagship, NC

    Go Hillary!

    February 20, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  16. Gunderson

    Humm?,
    Wasn't Hillary a shoo in back in 2008? Today we have seen what Jimmy Carter's second term would've looked like. Except it is 10 times worse. Do the people want an extension of Obama/Carter? OK. Break out the Food Stamps, Welfare Checks, Unemployment Checks. Shucks now you will be able to Write, Compose, Paint, and Dabble in the Arts!

    February 20, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  17. vic , nashville ,tn

    Republicans didn’t have a leader past 5 years that reflects in this poll

    February 20, 2014 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  18. smith

    Malory- The hatred towards dems? Are you saying that everyone treats republicans so kindly?

    February 20, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    "What about when in Arizona they used the phrase "show me your papers"? Same thing but you agree with the principle behind it so that's ok."

    Except it's not the same thing. Nugent used a blatant racist slur to insult the POTUS, whereas people made hyperbolic references to "papers please" (which, btw, is not a blatant racist slur) to illustrate the mentality behind AZ's "papers please" laws, which they very much are in some ways.

    "Oh, and Ol Yeller has compared the TEA Party to Nazis. Again, silence from Sniffit. And when Ol Yeller through out the "show me your papers" with regards to voter ID? Silence from Sniffit again. Why?"

    I can't police everyone all the time. I frequently make posts telling fellow liberals it's not helpful when we resort to the same crap as Teatrolls or when some Dem politician goes overboard.

    "We all know why. Because of WHO said it. Very hypocritical of you Sniffit put par for the course."

    Simply not true. Had CNN deigned to provide us a comment system that had actual logins and tracked posting histories, it would be extremely easy to prove that. As I said, I've frequently made posts telling "my side" to settle down or criticizing a line of talking points as unhelpful and counterproductive.

    February 20, 2014 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "Did you know about the war on women? Big "left wing" talking point!! Hillary used its tactics to go after Bill's extra- curricular activities. Bill got what he was after....and Hillary denegrated the accusers. That my friends, is the ultimate "war on women"."

    Please write to the RNC and all potential GOP/Teatroll 2016 candidates for POTUS and do everything you can to convince them to continue...nay, increase...their efforts to punish and stigmatize Hillary for the sins committed by her husband. It's truly brilliant strategy and I can almost feel all the women in the country slowly being convinced by it that the "real" partisan agenda that constitute a "war on women" is the Dems'. Please proceed.

    February 20, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  21. salty dog

    Just, you've got to be kidding, her poll numbers stayed strong throughput the entire benghazi investigation, despite your party taking what she said out of context, and nonstop stories, that led nowhere . One email exchange landed bridge gate right outside Christie's door. And everyone is taking the fifth, he hired an entire legal team at taxpayers expense, just like his special election, resignations left and right, denial of documents, and you idiots want others to believe he's innocent, who's the fool?

    February 20, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Hey, even Sniffit called Obama "President Darky". Frankly, the left called Bush far worse. I guess they just like some of their own medicine. Poor, poor babies.

    February 20, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  23. Reggie53

    I wonder if CNN has forgotten that Clinton was way ahead of Obama in 2008 and she lost to him. The same thing will happen in 2016 so we are not worried about the polls right now.

    February 20, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  24. Malory Archer

    smith

    Malory- The hatred towards dems? Are you saying that everyone treats republicans so kindly?

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I never said that. However, the Dems don't have equivllants to the draft dodger who pooped his pants or that woman who quit her job as governor because she didn't get to be vice president, or the president of the he-man woman haters club who has spent the last year calling a woman who felt that her medical coverage should include contraceptives a whore (his word CNN, not mine), so yeah it is worse for Dems trying to run for office. Next question.....

    February 20, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    HIllary Clinton has a base that's more solid that of the The Great Pyramid's. It's strange watching the GOP constantly trying to turn upset the Clinton apple cart without any success. Meanwhile, what vision do Republicans have for America? I guess it looks a lot like Ted Nugent, Duck Dynasty, and semi-automatic weapons.

    February 20, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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