Hold on to your hats, Hillary fans. Recent polls indicate that Elizabeth Warren could win the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 2016 presidential race. The Massachusetts senator finished at the top in surveys, released on Feb. 11, of the first two primary states.
Conducted by YouGov and paid for by MoveOn.org and Democracy For America, the poll questioned 800 likely to participate in the Democratic Party’s New Hampshire presidential primary and Iowa caucus.
The results? Warren topped in both states, taking 31 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 24 in Iowa, and leading the former Sec. of State 30-27 in New Hampshire. Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden were distant trailers, taking six and two percent, respectively, in each state. A plurality remains undecided, though.
Nearly all poll respondents, ranging from 95-to-98 percent, offered positive reception to Warren’s record on Social Security, student loans, Wall Street, and her launching of the Consumer Protection Financial Bureau.
Seventy-nine percent say they want her to join the contest; 98 percent say a competitive primary would benefit voters and even the Democratic Party overall.
The polls note remarkable improvement for Warren, too, in comparison to a Feb. 2014 poll in the same state of Iowa. In that Public Policy Polling study, Clinton led with a whopping 67 percent, followed by Biden with 12 and Warren with only five percent. In just one year, then, Warren’s support grew more than six times over, while Clinton retained just over a third of hers.
Her entering the race remains questionable, though. Between Dec. 2013 and Dec. 2014, Warren said four times that she’s not running in the 2016 presidential race. She even supported a Clinton run in an interview last April. (She’s not a fan of the last Clinton administration, however.)
Warren supporters aren’t giving up, though. Four rallies promoting her potential presidential campaign are scheduled in New York State this weekend.