A poll released by NBC News on Sept. 28, 2015, indicates that Vice President Joe Biden would be the most popular candidate in the 2016 presidential race. The poll is a strong indicator that if he were to run for the Democratic Party’s presidential candidacy, the American public would be supportive.
The poll, conducted by Hart Research Associates, for NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, interviewed 1,000 adults. Among all those questioned, 40 percent indicated they favorably viewed the Vice President. According to the results, Biden would be a better competitor against any of the top Republican candidates over Hillary Clinton.
The poll’s respondents indicated they would choose Clinton over Donald Trump; Clinton at 49 percent over Trump at 39 percent. There would be a tied race between Clinton and Carly Fiorina. Ben Carson would fare slightly better than Fiorina against Clinton, by one percentage point. Jeb Bush and Clinton would also be competing closely.
However, the Vice President’s chances against Bush or Ben Carson would be greater than eight points whereas, Biden would only have a six point advantage over Fiorina. Trump would lose to the Vice President by 19 percentage points.
These numbers are based on the hypothetical candidacy of Biden. NBC states that since he is not currently running for office, there have not been any negative press launched against the Vice President by any of the current presidential hopefuls. Currently, Clinton’s approval rating is higher than that of Bernie Sanders according to the poll respondents who identified as Democrat.
By Cathy Milne
NBC News: Biden Would Enter 2016 Race As Most Popular Candidate: Poll
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