Speculation is mounting regarding a possible 2016 White House run by Vice President Joe Biden.
It’s possible that Biden has been emboldened by Hillary Clinton’s latest trials and travails which have seen an investigation into the former First Lady’s home e-mail server turn quite serious, giving Democratic rival Bernie Sanders a boost in the polls. A series of rather unfortunate attempts on Clinton's part (see here and here) to make light of the issue on the campaign trail were met with sharp criticism in some circles.
Whatever the case, the latest poll from Quinnipiac University (released Thursday) shows that in the national elections, Biden would actually fare better than Clinton against both Trump and Jeb Bush.
More, from Politico:
Vice President Joe Biden has the best favorability rating among top 2016 contenders in either party, and he would run a little better than Hillary Clinton in the general election, according to a new Quinnipiac University national poll released Thursday that also shows Donald Trump increasing his lead in the GOP race.
Biden, who has not made his intentions known about a third bid for the White House, earned a net favorability of 77 points among Democrats. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio led Republicans with a net rating of 69. (Among all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson led the field with a net positive rating of 20.)
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Matched against Trump in a hypothetical general election matchup, the veep came out on top, 48 percent to 40 percent. Against Bush, he prevailed, 45 percent to 39 percent; and against Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, he got 44 percent to the senator’s 41 percent.
Meanwhile, Clinton narrowly prevailed over Trump by 4 points, at 45 percent to 41 percent; she received 42 percent to Bush’s 40 percent; and 44 percent to Rubio’s 43 percent.
And from CNN:
Vice President Joe Biden fares better against top GOP candidates in hypothetical general election match-ups than Hillary Clinton, according to a new national survey.
The Quinnipiac University poll, released Thursday, also shows Donald Trump smashing the GOP presidential competition garnering 28% support from registered Republican voters in the 17-member field. The real estate mogul's closest competitor is retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who tallies 12%.
Just 7% said they would vote for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a record low since November 2013.
Perhaps Trump was right after all when the brazen billionaire said he believes that ultimately, America's choice will be between himself and Joe Biden.