1:31 pm Dec. 5, 2012
It's not just New Yorkers, apparently.
A national Washington Post poll released this morning showed 57 percent of Americans would support Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016. That's three percentage points higher than a Siena poll of New York voters, also released this morning.
As the Washington Post notes, Clinton's numbers are especially high amoung young women in the national poll, with 75 percent of women under 50 saying they'd support Clinton in four years. Overall, 66 percent of women would like to see Clinton run again.
And there's further evidence that Clinton could have a freezing effect on the Democratic primary field, with 82 percent of Democrats saying they'd support her in 2016, and most saying they would do so "strongly."
That's even higher than her standing among New York Democrats, where 69 percent said they'd like to see her run.
Her job approval rating is at 68 percent, and her overall favorability rating is 66 percent, her highest ever, and a significant rebound from the depths of her 2008 campaign, when that number slipped as low as 44 percent.
Clinton isn't done being secretary of state yet, and has of course not done anything to indicate that she intends to run for president. But then, as her former aide Sean Sweeney put it to me recently: "She's the only person in politics who doesn't have to decide until she decides."