Hillary Clinton’s book “Hard Choices” is being released Tuesday and a poll of likely Iowa Caucus-goers will be released this week as well to see how Clinton might fare in the 2016 presidential race against an array of Republican foes.
Christopher Budzisz is the political science professor who directs the Loras College Poll. The poll was conducted this past Wednesday and Thursday, as surveyers sought to discover how Iowa’s 2014 race for governor and the U.S. senate was going.
Republicans in congress have raised questions about Clinton’s conduct of foreign policy while she served as secretary of state during President Obama’s first term, especially her handling of security at the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed in the fall of 2012. Republican strategist Karl Rove has even questioned Clinton’s physical health. Professor Budzisz says that criticism doesn’t seem to be damaging Clinton’s chances.
In early April, Suffolk University surveyed eight-hundred Iowa Democrats who’re likely to attend the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. The poll found Clinton had the support of 63 percent of those surveyed. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren who had 12 percent support, followed by Vice President Joe Biden, at 10 percent. This past March a Des Moines Register “Iowa Poll” found 88 percent of Democrats think Clinton should run again in 2016.