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Dem voters: We're ready for Hillary Clinton 2016! Everyone else: What are my options?

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Democrats in two key states say they are ready for former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to run in 2016, but this sentiment is not shared by the rest of America, according to two separate NBC News/Marist polls.

The surveys, both conducted from July 7-13, found that Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming Democratic favorite in Iowa and New Hampshire when put up against Vice President Joe Biden, winning 70 percent in the former and 74 percent in the latter.

Of course, it's important to note that the surveys exclude Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., an uber-populist who has in recent months generated plenty of speculation regarding her own 2016 bid. So it's tempting to question whether voters actually want Clinton to run or whether they simply don't want Biden.

It could be a little of both, but it appears Clinton is extremely popular with the surveys' left-leaning respondents.

See, Democratic voters in Iowa and New Hampshire, two important presidential battleground states, have an extraordinarily positive view of Clinton, awarding her an 89 percent approval rating in the former and a 94 percent approval rating in the latter.

But that's about where Clinton's support runs out. Democratic voters are excited for her, yes, but the surveys also found that self-identified Republican and Independent voters are much more interested in alternatives for 2016.

Forty-five percent of total survey respondents in Iowa favor Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., just as much as they favor Clinton. Further, Clinton only beats New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by only 1 point (44 percent to 43 percent).

She does, however, fare better against other potential GOP candidates in Iowa. Here are some of the total results from the NBC News/Marist poll:

— Hillary Clinton: 46 percent

— Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush: 42 percent.

— Hillary Clinton: 49 percent

-- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.: 40 percent

-- Hillary Clinton: 49 percent

-- Sen. Ted. Cruz, R-Texas: 37 percent

-- Hillary Clinton: 50 percent

— Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: 37 percent

Meanwhile, Clinton performs decently in New Hampshire when put up against the GOP’s field of potential 2016 candidates:

— Hillary Clinton: 46 percent

— Sen. Rand Paul: 43 percent

— Hillary Clinton: 47 percent

— Chris Christie: 42 percent

— Hillary Clinton: 47 percent

— Jeb Bush: 42 percent

— Hillary Clinton: 48 percent

— Scott Walker: 39 percent

— Hillary Clinton: 51 percent

— Ted Cruz: 38 percent

In short, although she currently performs better in Iowa and New Hampshire than several possible Republican candidates, the overwhelming support that Hillary Clinton apparently enjoys from Democratic voters is not widely shared by the rest of the America.

“The issue for Hillary Clinton is that the Democrats are really ready for Hillary, but the rest of the country not so,” Marist’s Lee Miringoff said Thursday during an interview on MSNBC’s "Daily Rundown."

“So when you look at Iowa and New Hampshire, states that Barack Obama carried both times, well, she’s below 50 and running even with someone like Rand Paul who, as you say, is largely unknown nationally at this point. Not a good sign for Hillary Clinton,” Miringoff added.

The Iowa poll surveyed 558 “potential Republican caucus-goers,” with a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 4.1 percentage points, 538 potential Democratic caucus-goers, plus or minus 4.2 percentage points, and 1,599 potential general-election voters, plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

Meanwhile, the New Hampshire survey drew from 544 potential GOP primary voters, with a margin of sampling error of 4.2 percentage points, 479 potential Democratic primary voters, plus or minus 4.5 percentage points, and 1,342 registered voters, plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

(H/T: Washington Free Beacon)

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