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Elizabeth Warren Backers Fund Poll Testing Hillary’s 2016 Chances

A group of influential liberal donors who openly back Elizabeth Warren as a 2016 presidential candidate recently funded a poll testing Hillary Clinton’s viability in the race. The implications of the move, as well as some of the results, were troubling for the Clinton crowd.

Politico provides a summary of the poll’s findings:

The automated poll of nearly 900 registered voters, conducted last week by Public Policy Polling, found that 48 percent of respondents had an unfavorable opinion of Clinton, compared to 43 percent who viewed the former secretary of State favorably.

While Clinton — the prospective favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination should she enter the race — holds leads over every major GOP candidate tested in the poll, she doesn’t break 50 percent against any, and some are well within striking distance. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker comes closest, with Clinton leading him by a margin of 45 percent to 42 percent (with 14 percent not sure who they’d vote for) – within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.

Warren continues to downplay publicly a potential challenge of Clinton for the 2016 Democratic nomination, but her supporters—many of which hold significant sway over the party—seem to be pressing forward with the expectation of seeing her name on the ballot. 

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