Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to dominate the 2016 Democratic field, with the support of 61 percent of likely caucus participants, the survey found. She is followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) with 19 percent; Vice President Biden with seven percent; Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) with five percent; and former senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) with two percent.
The outlook for O’Malley doesn’t improve markedly even if Clinton decides not to run. Under that scenario, O’Malley garners only two percent support, according to the poll. Warren and Biden are the biggest beneficiaries, drawing 36 percent and 32 percent, respectively. Sanders bumps up to 8 percent and Webb to 4 percent. Warren has said repeatedly that she does not plan to run for president.
Despite heavy travel last year to those and other key states -- where he mostly campaigned on behalf of other Democrats -- O’Malley remains a largely unknown figure, the Quinnipiac poll shows. A full 84 percent of likely Iowa caucus participants say they haven’t heard enough about him to have a favorable or unfavorable opinion. Of those with an opinion, 12 percent view him favorably, while three percent view him unfavorably.
By contrast, Clinton is viewed favorably by 90 percent of those surveyed and unfavorably by seven percent. Only one percent say they don’t know enough to have an opinion.
The Quinnipiac poll is at least the fourth this year to show O’Malley as the choice of one percent or fewer of likely Iowa caucus goers.