Clinton leads potential opponents in new poll

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is outdistancing Vice President Joe Biden by almost 5 to 1 in a hypothetical matchup for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, a new McClatchy-Marist Poll released Wednesday found.

The poll found Clinton leading Biden by a ratio of 63-13 percent among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Martin O'Malley of Maryland trail in single digits, while 18 percent of respondents said they were undecided.

The same poll shows Clinton leading the current Republican front-runner, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 46-41 percent among registered voters. Twelve percent of respondents were undecided.

“Get ready for round two of Hillary Clinton as the inevitable,” said Lee M. Miringoff, director of the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, in a statement from the polling organization. “The big question is whether she runs.”

The poll of 1,204 Americans was conducted July 15-18.

The release of the poll coincides with an announcement from Ready for Hillary, the super PAC urging Clinton to run for president in 2016, that its Facebook page has garnered half a million supporters.

“We’re doing Google ads and Facebook ads to drive support in an effort to capture all the enthusiasm for Hillary across the country,” the group’s communications director, Seth Bringman, told Yahoo News. “Our goal is to build up that army of supporters as big as possible and show her the support that she has.”

Ready for Hillary, which has already held rallies in key battleground states like Florida and Michigan, hopes that its growing number of supporters will help push the former first lady and New York senator to run. Meanwhile, Clinton herself has drummed up large crowds at profitable speaking events across the country.

“We couldn’t speak for her,” said Bringman. “But we hope that the support is being seen every single day.”

Clinton hasn't lost any of her popularity since leaving the State Department in February. Yahoo has seen fairly regular searches for the keyword "Hillary Clinton" over the last two years — and while that may be the norm for high-profile celebrities, it’s something of a rarity for politicos other than the president.