Washington (CNN) - It's been just five weeks since the 2012 presidential election, but it seems it's never too early to talk about a potential 2016 White House bid by outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
A new poll released Wednesday is the fourth survey over the past week to indicate positive numbers for the former, and possibly future, presidential candidate.
According to a Bloomberg National Poll, 70% of Americans have a mostly or very favorable view of Clinton, with 24% holding a mostly or very unfavorable opinion of the nation's top diplomat.
Nearly six in 10 people questioned in the survey rate Clinton as an excellent or good potential 2016 presidential nominee, with nearly four in 10 saying she would be a fair or poor candidate. Among Democrats only, just over eight in 10 rate Clinton an excellent or good potential nominee.
The findings of the Bloomberg survey are similar to results from national polls from Politico/George Washington University earlier this week and from ABC News/Washington Post last week, as well as from a Siena College Research Institute survey out last week of New York State voters.
While Clinton's numbers seem impressive, there's a good chance they would drop if she changed her mind and decided to return to campaign politics.
"One reason why Hillary Clinton's ratings are high may be that she is not running for office and holds a position that many Americans view as non-partisan. If she becomes an active candidate again, it would not be surprising to see her numbers decline," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "We saw this before with her. When she was first lady, her favorable ratings were often in the high 60's, but they dropped below 50% as soon as serious talk started of her running for the U.S. Senate from New York."
Clinton has repeatedly said that she intends to retire to private life once whomever President Barack Obama names as her successor as secretary of state is confirmed by the Senate, and she's added that another run for the White House is not in the cards for her.
"Look, I'm flattered. I am honored," she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer, in an interview in April, about calls by other Democrats for her to consider another run in 2016. "That is not in the future for me, but obviously I'm hoping that I'll get to cast my vote for a woman running for president of our country."
The former first lady served eight years as a U.S. senator from New York. Four years ago she lost an epic Democratic presidential nomination battle to then-Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Obama nominated Clinton as his secretary of state after winning the 2008 general election.
The Bloomberg National Poll was conducted December 7-10, with 1,000 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
...yeah...we know...you told us about this yesterday. What else is new?
Just give us four years Hillary, just four years as Commander in Chief, the Country needs you and the World needs you.
Sec. Clinton is clearly the front runner in 2016. I personally feel that she doesn't need to be primaried. However, a debate between her and Joe Biden should be interesting being that they both serve(d) in the Obama Administration. But I have a hunch of who may be running in 2016. Sen. Mark Warner and Gov. Cuomo.
Just as Republicans had no answer to Barack Obama, the Republicans have no answer to Hillary Clinton. And as long as they allow people like Beck, Limbaugh, Haanity, and other right wing pundits lead the party, then they will never have an answer.
Republicans have allowed themselves to become so **** rentative about PR and messaging that they've made the best messaging machines the leaders of the party. Machines who are out to make a profit for themselves, not govern this country.
Can we just take a little break from the presidential polls. Its 4 years down the road.
We just got over an election – please people live a little.
Has this become your daily song CNN? Pres. Obama's second term inauguration has not even taken place yet!
Again Fox-lite?? Can President Obama at least be inaugurated before we put Mrs Clinton in the White House??? Or should he just step aside and hand her the reigns now? With your constant tongue bathing of her, it's apparent who you wanted to win. Is this the reason you bent over backwards for Willard?
Just as Republicans had no answer to Barack Obama, the Republicans have no answer to Hillary Clinton. And as long as they allow people like Beck, Limbaugh, Hannity, and other right wing pundits lead the party, then they will never have an answer.
You hit the nail on the head for me with your comment, Rudy. I'm not a big fan of Hillary, but even I can read the handwriting on the wall, and it looks as if the game might already up ... leaving a great many of us with nothing left but to vote for her.
I do so wish that John Boehner would get his House in order. I agree with the poster who stated on an earlier thread that Republican gamesmanship is NOT what America voted for. Too bad GOPers haven't gotten the memo ... or have they become so lacking of simple comprehension they are unable to grasp their own irrelevance?
Until the American people learn the truth about Benghazi and about how she let 4 Americans, including our ambassador be killed needlessly. They were HER employees and was responsible for their protection. Was she listening in as they were being killed? What did she do?
The point of CNN keeping this story alive depends on what the meaning of the word "is" is. Smiles. Its just as many people on the right that wish to see the Clintons fail in everything as there are people on the left that wish to see them succeed in anything. The polls give her praise, the left encouragement, the right, blame. And in the center, Bill; who has his wife's ear and her smile. Giving president Bill Clinton a couple of years to prepare for anything is something. Who needs Downton Abby when we have this?