Political Insiders Poll

Could Joe Biden Defeat Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Presidential Nomination?

Michael Catalini, Alex Roarty and Peter Bell
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Michael Catalini Alex Roarty Peter Bell
Sept. 19, 2013, 4:05 p.m.

How likely is it that Joe Biden could defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination?


Very likely: 3%
Likely: 6%
Un­likely: 39%
Very un­likely: 52%


“Es­pe­cially if Hil­lary skips Iowa, fore­shad­ow­ing whole­sale vs. re­tail polit­ics.”


“The out­come of a Joe-versus-Hil­lary con­test seems clear, but some­how the race will be­come more com­plic­ated. There could be both gen­er­a­tion­al and/or ideo­lo­gic­al chal­lenges.”

“The ba­sic dy­nam­ic would have to change due to some ma­jor event.”

“I nev­er un­der­es­tim­ate the abil­ity of the Clin­ton folks to mis­read the primar­ies, but Biden has nev­er been known for his cam­paign acu­men either.”

“Un­likely that he could win, but he de­serves the chance if he wants to.”

“It’s been a good ride, but the Hil­lary Train is already pick­ing up steam and won’t be stopped.”

“If HRC treats it as a coron­a­tion, he may look like a bet­ter al­tern­at­ive.”

“You didn’t of­fer an ad­di­tion­al choice, which is ac­tu­ally the one that is closest to the truth: Who could pos­sibly know?”

Very un­likely

“Biden lacks the depth of sup­port to give Hil­lary a real run.”

“If she is beaten, it won’t be by someone of her gen­er­a­tion.”

“Re­pub­lic­ans ad­vance like the Rotary Club. Demo­crats like a scrap, but this scrap isn’t go­ing to hap­pen.”

“His­tory has shown us that a cup of this Joe gets cold in a hurry.”

“There is lit­er­ally no chance.”

“It’s Hil­lary’s of­fice to win. How can Biden, as good as he is, win when Hil­lary will get 90 per­cent of the wo­men voters?”

“He’s run many times be­fore, nev­er with any suc­cess with voters or fun­ders.”

“Hil­lary Clin­ton is as close to a con­sensus pres­id­en­tial nom­in­ee as there has been with­in either party in a long time.”

How likely is it that Joe Biden could de­feat Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton for the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion?

How likely is it that Joe Biden could de­feat Hil­lary Rod­ham Clin­ton for the Demo­crat­ic pres­id­en­tial nom­in­a­tion?

How likely is it that Joe Biden could defeat Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination?


Very likely: 1%
Likely: 8%
Un­likely: 33%
Very un­likely: 58%

Very likely

“No one in D.C. be­lieves this, but the Benghazi story will ul­ti­mately come out, and it will be enough to keep Hil­lary from run­ning.”


“If Biden can get the Obama data­base, he will have a real leg up on the en­tire field.”

“Hil­lary was a shoo-in in 2008 as well.”


“Eliza­beth War­ren is a great­er threat.”

“There ap­pears to be strong re­sid­ual loy­alty to Hil­lary among es­tab­lish­ment Demo­crats, which prob­ably trumps the af­fec­tion that this same group holds for Biden.”

“Hard to see Biden as the real Hil­lary al­tern­at­ive.”

“They like him, but not as pres­id­ent.”

“He was just sane enough to get the VP nod, so who knows?”

Very un­likely

“Clin­ton has more bag­gage than gen­er­ally thought, but mal­aprop Joe would be no match.”

“Clin­ton is beat­able, but not by Biden. He’s just too goofy.”

“Biden is even more yes­ter­day’s story than the Clin­tons.”

“There will rise up some new shiny face to ec­lipse the aged and shop­worn Hil­lary, but it isn’t Joe Biden.”

“People are be­ing po­lite to him these days, but they will get blunt if needed: Re­tire, Joe.”

“The prob­lem the Dems have is that they must nom­in­ate an Afric­an-Amer­ic­an or a wo­man. No more old white guys.”

“Joe would be lucky to win Scrant­on, Pa.”

“Next ques­tion.”

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