With an overwhelming number of candidates vying for the 2016 presidency, the new Quinnipiac Poll attempts to see for whom Pennsylvanians would vote if the election were today.
Although Vice President Joe Biden has not yet entered the race, his poll results indicate that he may have a successful run against various candidates.
“In head-to-head matchups against the three leading contenders for the Republican nomination, he runs as well or slightly better than she [Hillary Clinton] does,” noted Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
“Who gets the love? The one guy who hasn’t declared. Vice President Joseph Biden, a Scranton boy made good, is perhaps becoming a more important player in the 2016 presidential race,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.
While Clinton may currently be one of the front-runners, in some of the match-ups she does not hold up well. When voters were asked if they would elect Clinton or Bush, Bush gathered 43 percent with Clinton at 40. In a race against Rubio, Clinton remained at 40 percent while Rubio topped Bush at 47.
It appears, however, that Pennsylvanians favor Clinton more than Trump, as she is at 45 percent to his 40 in their match-up.
Biden loses both match-ups to Bush and Rubio as well, but does better than Clinton with 42 and 41 percent to their 43 and 44 percent. Like Clinton, he polls better against Trump at 48 percent to Trump’s 40.
Bernie Sanders does not do as well as Clinton and Biden against Bush or Sanders with only 36 and 33 percent, but still “trumps” the billionaire at 44 percent.
In the Republican Debate, Trump announced that he would not be opposed to running as a third-party candidate. If that were to be the case and Jeb Bush were to be the Republican candidate with Clinton as the Democratic candidate, Clinton would have a clear victory at 37 percent. Bush would edge Trump at 29 to his 24 percent.
This survey was conducted by Quinnipiac University using live interviewers calling land lines and cell phones. They contacted 1,085 registered Pennsylvania voters from August 7th to 18th. The margin of error is +/- 3 percentage points.