Hillary Clinton tops Christie, Paul, Bush in new poll

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton signs copies of her new book at Waterstones bookshop on July 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is in the driver's seat for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president, a new poll released Tuesday shows, and she tops a slate of potential Republican White House hopefuls.

Clinton, who has not yet said whether she will run for president, is supported by 58 percent of Democrats in a hypothetical primary against Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) (11 percent); Vice President Biden (9 percent); New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (4 percent); Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (1 percent); and former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer (1 percent). Quinnipiac University conducted the national survey.

Unlike the prospective Democratic race, the prospective Republican field has no clear frontrunner. Four Republicans register double-digit support: Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.) (11 percent); former Florida governor Jeb Bush (10 percent); New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (10 percent); and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (10 percent). Twenty percent of Republicans say they are undecided.

Coming in behind the four leading contenders: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (8 percent); Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) (8 percent); Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) (8 percent); Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) (6 percent); Texas Gov. Rick Perry (3 percent); former senator Rick Santorum (Pa.) (2 percent); Ohio Gov. John Kasich (2 percent); and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (1 percent).

Clinton was tested in hypothetical general election match-ups against against Christie, Paul, Huckabee, Bush and Ryan. She bests all five by between seven and nine points.

The poll was conducted from June 24-30.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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