Hillary Clinton tops list of 2016 White House hopefuls

Washington, Dec 31: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has not even stepped down and there is already constant speculation as to whether she’ll run again for the White House.

While no decision from her on any future bid for president is expected in 2013, but if she eventually changes her mind and decides to run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, a new national survey indicates that the vast majority of Democrats would consider backing her as their party’s nominee.

According to a CNN/ORC International Poll, 85 percent of Democrats and independents, who lean towards the Democratic Party, said that they’d be very or somewhat likely to support Clinton if she runs for the Democratic nomination.

There is a slight gender divide, with 93 percent of Democratic women saying they’d be very or somewhat likely to support Clinton. That figure dropped to 79 percent among Democratic men.

Clinton has repeatedly said that she intends to retire to private life once her successor as secretary of state is confirmed by the Senate, adding that another run for the White House is not in the cards for her, the report said.

According to the report, two-thirds of Democrats questioned said that they would be very or somewhat likely to support Vice President Joe Biden if he runs for the White House.

Biden has not ruled out a third bid for president (he ran unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic nomination in 1988 and 2008).

The poll found that 56 percent of Democrats said that they would be very or somewhat likely to support New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The poll found that nearly 52 percent of Democrats said they’d be very or somewhat likely to back Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who’s very popular with the liberal base of the party, with 41 percent saying they would support that state’s two-term governor, Deval Patrick, the report added. (ANI)