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Poll: Hillary Clinton strong contender for president

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attends the Closing Plenary Session of the Clinton Global Initiative in Manhattan. (Sept. 26, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

Hillary Clinton hasn't decided whether she will run for president, but a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows she would be a clear winner against any Democratic rival and current GOP contenders.

In the survey, the former New York senator and secretary of state leads the pack of Democratic hopefuls, with 61 percent of respondents supporting her. Vice President Joe Biden was second with 11 percent, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts with 7 percent, and New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo with 2 percent.

Clinton also trounced potential GOP challengers in the 2016 race, beating New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 49 percent to 36 percent; Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 53 percent to 36 percent; and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, 54 percent to 31 percent.

"As she watches the hand-to-hand political combat in Washington, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains above the fray and the queen of the 2016 mountain," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.

The poll surveyed 1,497 registered voters and has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 2.5 percentage points.

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