Voting is three years away, but pollsters are already weighing on the 2016 presidential election.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has a wide lead over potential contenders for the Democratic nomination, according to a poll released Feb. 7 by Public Policy Polling.
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) holds a narrower lead in a test among potential Republican hopefuls.
If they were the nominees today and voters were making a decision today, Clinton would defeat Rubio, 49-41 percent, according to PPP.
The early favorite to come closest to defeating Clinton is Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), who is only four points behind Clinton, 46-42.
If Vice President Joe Biden were the nominee and the election were today, he and Christie would be tied at 44-44.
Republican preferences are for Rubio, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.), Christie, former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.), U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) and Gov. Susana Martinez (R-N.M.), in that order.
Clinton leads Democrats with 58, Biden with 19, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), with 8 and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) with 3.
"Obviously it's very early but we'll be doing this national 2016 polling on a monthly basis so that we have a good measure of how preferences shift over time," the pollster said.
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