Republicans were most likely to say Marco Rubio (9 percent), Chris Christie (7 percent), and Hillary Clinton (6 percent) were their preferred 2016 presidential candidates. Independents mentioned Hillary Clinton (20 percent), Ron Paul (4 percent), and Marco Rubio (3 percent). Thirty-eight percent of Democrats mentioned Hillary Clinton, and 4 percent selected Joe Biden.
Tea partiers’ top pick was Marco Rubio at 11 percent, but then Hillary Clinton garnered 9 percent, and Chris Christie and Ron Paul both tied at 5 percent.
Personally, I'm not keen on that. But the results of this are kind of interesting. It looks like this was a completely open ended poll--people could name whoever they wanted. Hillary Clinton does well and is in the top tier by herself, but the second tier is really tight, and Ron Paul (who I doubt will run again at the age of 80) does better among independents than everyone but Clinton.
And puzzle me this: Marco Rubio gets 11 percent among Tea Partiers, but Hillary Clinton gets 9 percent of that group, with Chris Christie and Ron Paul tied at 5 percent among self defined Tea Partiers.