A new survey released on Friday found that a 2016 rematch between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in 2024 would result in a double-digit victory.
But it would be bad news for Clinton, handing her a loss in what would be her third bid for the White House.
Hillary Clinton faces long odds in trying to win the Democrat presidential nomination for a second time, let alone the general election, according to a new McLaughlin and Associates survey.
Clinton, defeated by then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016, loses a rematch 51% to 41%, the McLaughlin poll found. That’s only slightly better (51%-40%) than Vice President Kamala Harris would do against Trump.
The McLaughlin poll taken Jan. 13-18 also found that Trump defeats President Joe Biden 49% to 44% in a 2020 rematch.
“Buyer’s remorse for President Trump is as strong as ever. President Trump dominates the potential GOP primary field,” Pollster John McLaughlin told the Washington Examiner.
The survey comes amid tanking approval ratings for both Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
As their numbers tumble, reports have begun circulating that Clinton appears to be positioning herself for another bid, which would mean setting herself up to primary a sitting Democratic president and vice president.
During an interview with NBC’s Willie Geist, which aired in late December, Clinton seemed to suggest the White House is not “stable” and “sane.”
“So what do you see as the state of the Democratic Party right now?” Geist asked.
“I think that it is a time for some, you know, careful thinking about what wins elections and not just in Deep Blue districts where a Democrat and a liberal Democrat or so-called progressive Democrat is going to win,” Clinton said.
“I understand why people want to argue for their priorities, that’s what they believe they were elected to do. So, look, I am all about having vigorous debates. I think it’s good and it gives people a chance to be part of the process,” she added.
Since then, Clinton has been increasingly mentioned as the Democratic Party’s best option, given both Biden’s and Harris’s falling approval ratings.
“Based on her latest public statements, it’s clear that Mrs. Clinton not only recognizes her position as a potential front-runner but also is setting up a process to help her decide whether or not to run for president again,” Democrat political advisers Doug Schoen and Andrew Stein wrote in The Wall Street Journal.