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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington in Dec. 2014.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington in Dec. 2014. Carolyn Kaster—AP

Half of Americans See the Future in Hillary Clinton, Poll Says

Feb 18, 2015

Half of Americans think Hillary Clinton represents the future better than any other potential 2016 presidential candidate, according to a new poll, but almost as many Americans think she represents the past.

The results of the CNN/ORC survey released Wednesday both belie the argument by Clinton critics that Americans will view the former Secretary of State and First Lady as a return to old ways in Washington but also point to the political polarization likely to greet her campaign if she runs as expected. The poll, which asked whether seven potential candidates represent the future or the past, also found that 64% of Americans think Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Vice President Joe Biden represent the past.

Women were especially likely to view Clinton has a representation of the future, at 55%. Among Democrats, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has said she's not running, trailed Clinton in the future index with 46%, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was first among Republicans with 43%.

The CNN/ORC survey 1,027 adults, conducted Feb. 12-15, had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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Teenager: Hillary Rodham poses in her 1965 senior class portrait from Park Ridge East High School in Illinois.
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