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."
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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.