57% of Americans Would Support Hillary Clinton if She Ran for President in 2016
Hillary Clinton may be insistant that she is leaving politics, but according to the results of a new ABC News-Washington Post poll, most Americans are hoping she changes her mind. A 57% majority of those surveyed in the poll said that they would support a 2016 presidential bid by Clinton.
Only 37 percent were opposed to a 2016 Clinton presidential campaign. The poll also found that 66 percent of women would support her bid for the White House, and showed broad approval for her performance as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. The 66 percent of women who said they would support Clinton also included white and married women, which were two groups that Obama lost.
A majority of white men and married men, on the other hand, had very different views of Mrs. Clinton. A majority of them said they would oppose a Clinton campaign.
80 percent of Democrats said they would support a Clinton bid, while Republican support stood at just 23 percent.
NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg has also reportedly approached Clinton to run for New York mayor.
Clinton has said that she is not interested in another run at the White House after her failed attempt in 2008, but a movement to draft her for 2016 has gained a lot of momentum since Election Day. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that she believes that Clinton can be persuaded to run, stating:
“We’ll give her a little bit of time to rest, and then I’m sure that she’ll be pressed into service. Knowing Secretary Clinton, I’m sure she doesn’t plan to rest very long.”