Almost half of Democrats want Vice President Joe Biden to enter the 2016 presidential race, according to a new Bliss Institute/Zogby Analytics Poll.
The poll talked to 459 likely Democratic primary and caucus voters nationwide and found that 48 percent say they want Biden to seek the nomination. About one third, 34 percent, said he should not get into the race.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton currently leads the five-person field, but her previous large margins have been slipping to Vermont independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. She also has seen slipping favorability ratings and has lost support with women.
Without Biden in the race, Clinton leads by a wide margin – 64 percent to 18 percent Sanders, her closest competitor. But with Biden's name added to the mix, Clinton polls 48 percent to Biden's 21 percent and Sanders' 15 percent.
Clinton still enjoys a hefty lead, the pollsters noted, but said "when majorities of Hispanic, African American, and single voters say they want Mr. Biden to enter it suggests that she still has a problem generating some enthusiasm among the key Obama Coalition."
The poll was conducted online August 3-4 and has a margin of sampling error of +/-4.7 percentage points.
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