2016 poll: Hillary Clinton on top, but 44% want Joe Biden

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to dominate the 2016 Democratic field, but there are signs that Democrats could easily switch to Vice President Joe Biden, according to a new poll just provided to Secrets.

In their inaugural national political poll, Florida's Saint Leo University found that 44 percent of Democrats would consider supporting Biden if he ran, making him Clinton's nearest rival. He also had a 79 percent favorable rating.

"Biden is also very popular among Democrats, just not as universally popular as Clinton," said the survey release.

The poll from the Catholic university 30 miles north of Tampa was further evidence that the party is only considering Clinton and Biden, though Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has repeatedly denied interest in running, had a strong favorable rating of 39 percent to 14 percent unfavorable among Democrats.

But it’s Clinton who rules the roost and her support group, “Ready for Hillary,” has it right, said pollster Frank Orlando, also a political science instructor at St. Leo. He headlined his poll St. Leo University Polling Institute poll: “Democrats are ready for Hillary.”

The numbers from his Dec. 1-6 online poll of 1,002 adults:

— Clinton has a 90 percent favorability rating among Democrats.

— Among likely voters, 87 percent would consider supporting her presidential bid.

— Among all likely voters, she has a 62 percent favorability rating.

“Almost every Democrat likes Hillary, even many independents like her and some Republicans,” said Orlando.

On the GOP side, Rep. Paul Ryan, who late Tuesday announced a long-term budget deal in Congress, is tops followed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at