Early 2016 polling in Iowa shows a lopsided Democratic race and a contentious Republican one, according to a new poll from the Democratic-leaning firm Public Policy Polling.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a commanding lead among likely Democratic contenders, garnering 67 percent support. Her nearest competitor, Vice President Joe Biden, is far back at 12 percent. None of the other seven candidates registered support in the double digits. Other recent polls have also suggested that Clinton would handily defeat her Democratic rivals if the nominating contest were held today.
Things are much less settled on the Republican side. Nine GOP candidates were tested, with no candidate surpassing 20 percent support. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee led the pack with 17 percent, followed by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul at 14 percent and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 13 percent.
It's still very early to be polling the 2016 primaries and caucuses. No major candidates have announced an intention to run, and plenty can change before the first primary ballots are cast ahead of a general election that remains two years away.
The Iowa poll was conducted by Public Policy Polling from Feb. 20 to 23. The overall poll surveyed 869 Iowa voters, including 335 Democratic primary voters and 283 Republican primary voters.