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Pollster: 'Someone on the left' will challenge Hillary Clinton

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At a time when the nation is down on President Obama’s leadership, a new poll finds that they also see likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as his mirror image, someone who wouldn’t do much better solving international problems or relations with Congress.

“What would be different?” asked the latest Economist/YouGov Poll. “Not much. Many Americans don’t see any difference between a Clinton presidency and the Obama presidency when it comes to foreign policy or disputes with Congress,” said the poll analysis.

Good for Clinton: The poll said Americans like the former first lady and former secretary of state more than the president. Bad for Clinton: Americans are still happier that they elected Obama, not Clinton, in 2008.

And potentially worse: Few believe that she could have done better than Obama has on several issues except health care. The poll said that if Clinton had been president, health care reform might not have passed.

The Economist/YouGov Poll findings comes as most surveys continue to show Clinton well in front of her potential 2016 rivals.

The latest poll from Zogby Analytics, for example, put Clinton at 54 percent followed by Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at 10 percent.

But pollster John Zogby told Secrets that while it is impressive that Clinton’s numbers have remained high despite some stumbles during her recent book tour, she runs the risk of becoming over-exposed and too confident.

He compared her to former Vice President Walter Mondale who, in his 1984 bid, stumbled early in his doomed race to defeat former President Ronald Reagan. In his landslide reelection, Reagan won 48 of 50 states.

“She is now running against herself and she is not beloved. A lot like Mondale in 1984. When he didn't get 50 percent in Iowa he nearly fell apart like a house of cards. Someone on the left will emerge to give her a race,” he said.

“I will bet $100 she wins, but I won't bet $1,000,” added Zogby, who grades the president every week for Secrets in his Obama Report Card.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.