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Poll: Nation is split on Hillary Clinton presidential run

A new poll shows 50 percent of American voters say they would support Hillary Clinton if she launches a 2016 presidential bid — while 48 percent say no thanks to another Clinton.

The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, shows she fares better than any of the potential Republican candidates in a crowded GOP field.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is exploring a run, gets the support of 31 percent of the 836 registered voters polled, while 33 percent say they could support former GOP nominee Mitt Romney. Twenty-seven percent say they’d support Gov. Chris Christie.

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The poll shows two things that could hurt Clinton, a former secretary of state under President Barack Obama:

  • 71 percent say they want the next president to take a different approach in the White House than Obama.
  • 40 percent say they’d rather see a Republican in the White House, compared to 38 percent who want a Democrat.

“This is an electorate — by a large margin — looking for change,” says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart and his colleagues at Hart Research Associates.

Among Democrats, Clinton is the clear choice, with 82 percent saying they could support Clinton. Romney’s the leader among Republicans, with 63 percent of them saying they could see themselves voting for him.