Clinton 2016: A Base to Run With

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on Dec. 4, 2012 for a meeting of foreign ministers from the 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member-countries at organization headquarters in Brussels on Syria and Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to be deployed protectively on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, might find a different result if she runs four years from now, according to a poll out today.

An ABC News/Washington Post survey found that 57 percent of American adults would support a Clinton candidacy for the White House in 2016, compared with 37 percent who would oppose one.

Among women, 66 percent would support her candidacy and 30 percent would oppose it. Men are more evenly divided, with 49 percent in favor and 44 percent against.

More than two-thirds, 68 percent, approved of the job Clinton is doing as secretary of state, while 22 percent disapproved; and 66 percent said they had a favorable impression of the former first lady and senator from New York, compared with 28 percent who viewed her unfavorably.

That favorable rating was the highest in polling going back to 1992, when her husband, Bill, was elected president. The latest survey of 1,020 adults was conducted Nov. 28-Dec. 2 and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.


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