Do polls about the 2016 race mean anything in 2013?

Joe Biden, Hillary Rodham Clinton

Polls the day before the election don’t mean anything. But they are interesting to see what the collective is thinking.
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We may be more than two and a half years away from the first votes being cast in the 2016 presidential election, but that hasn’t stopped the speculation about who’s running, who’s not, and who’s popular with the American people. There were not one but two national polls out this week matching up the possible presidential contenders.

A McClatchy-Marist poll out on Tuesday compared how former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Biden would fair against four different Republican candidates. In head-to-head matchups against former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Clinton defeated all of them and Biden defeated all but Christie.

On Wednesday, a poll by Quinnipiac University showed that there was no clear front-runner for the GOP nomination. In a survey of Republican voters, Rubio led with 19 percent, followed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at 17 percent, Paul at 15 percent, Christie at 14 percent, and Bush at 10 percent.



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