WASHINGTON (CBS DC) — A list of potential 2016 presidential candidates leaves off the man who is currently next-in-line for the office: Vice President Joe Biden.
A new Quinnipiac poll of over 2,500 registered American voters of all political affiliations showed strong support for possible 2016 presidential runs for Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. But asked whether Vice President Biden could potentially make a good president or not, a solid majority (65 percent) of responses from Democrats, Republicans and independents said “no.”
Eighty-six percent of Republicans said he would not make a good president, along with 73 percent of independents and 38 percent of people from his own Democratic party.
“It’s a long way off and no one is officially a candidate yet, but the Hillary Clinton-Chris Christie race to the White House is neck-and-neck before the campaign even saddles up,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a statement.
“Sen. Rand Paul, Vice President Joseph Biden, those other guys better get cracking or they might as well head back to the stables.”
Forty-two percent of responding voters said they would back former Secretary of State Clinton, a Democrat, and 43 percent said that they would back a run from Gov. Christie, a Republican.
Clinton showed a lead of nine points over other possible GOP candidates, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and former vice presidential candidate and current U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Among Democrats, Clinton showed a 91 percent favorable rating for whether or not she would make a good president. Biden only received just over half (51 percent) of a favorable rating from Democrats saying whether or not he would make a good president.
Only 7 percent of Republicans said that Biden would make a good president.
Fifty-seven percent of those polled said that illegal immigrants should be allowed to stay in the U.S. and eventually be able to apply for citizenship. However, 26 percent said illegal immigrants should be forced to leave the country.