A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released on June 16, 2015, shows Hillary Clinton still leads the presidential race in every conceivable match-up. The national survey of 1,129 registered voters, including 492 probable Republican primary voters, and 471 probable Democratic primary voters, found Clinton dominating the Democratic field, and leading all Republicans in general election head to head contests.
The PPP national survey found Clinton still holds a commanding 65 percent to 9 percent lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary field. Sanders has made inroads in recent polls in New Hampshire, but Clinton is still dominating the national race. She polls well with every significant Democratic constituency, but she is running especially strong with African-American voters. 83 percent of black voters favor Clinton over any of her Democratic opponents.
The PPP poll also finds that Clinton is currently the strongest Democratic general election candidate. She holds a modest lead over every Republican presidential hopeful. Florida Senator Marco Rubio comes closest to Clinton, trailing just 46-43 percent. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who barely leads the GOP field, trails Clinton by a similar 46-42 margin. Clinton also leads both Jeb Bush and Chris Christie 45-41. Her lead over the remaining GOP candidates — Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul –ranges from between 5 and 7 percentage points.
When matched up against GOP front-runner Scott Walker, Clinton fares 12 to 16 percentage points better than any of her Democratic rivals. Clinton’s 4 point lead over Walker contrasts with Sanders, O’Malley, Webb, and Chafee all trailing Walker by 8 to 12 percentage points.
With the presidential election still well over a year away, the dynamics of the race could change dramatically between now and November 2016. However, Hillary Clinton’s advantage has proven resilient over months of polling. There is no question that she has a strong base of support nationally, which makes her a formidable candidate in both the Democratic primary and the general election field. She remains the odds on favorite to become the 45th President of the United States.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.