A majority of Americans want Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, according to a poll released Wednesday showing the former first lady and senator is more popular than ever before.
An ABC News/Washington Post poll showed 57 percent would back a Clinton run for the presidency, and only 37 percent would oppose one. Two-thirds of Americans have a favorable opinion of Clinton, and only 28 percent have a negative opinion. An even higher number, 68 percent, approve of her work as secretary of state.
There is a large gender gap in opinions about Clinton. Only 49 percent of men would support a Clinton run, compared with 66 percent of women. Seventy-two percent of women view her favorably, compared with only 58 percent of men.
But Clinton does have an early claim over the left and center of the electorate. Fifty-nine percent of independents and 65 percent of moderates would back a Clinton run in 2016.
Clinton is expected to soon leave Foggy Bottom and return to private life. Clinton has repeatedly said she plans on taking time off and doesn’t plan to run for office, but there are signs she might be positioning herself for a campaign. Clinton is expected to embrace same-sex marriage not long after leaving the administration, and Clinton sent letters to a handful of Democratic congressional candidates who lost races in 2012.
CONTINUED at Politico.