- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Is she inevitable, with iron-clad name recognition? Or is it just too early to draw meaningful conclusions about 2016?

“Most voters think Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States even though they have very mixed feelings about her,” notes a Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday - which has some of those proverbial read ‘em and weep numbers for Republicans to consider.

57 percent of likely U.S. Voters believe Clinton is likely to be elected president, including 23 percent who say it is very likely, the poll found. They are evenly divided about Mrs. Clinton: 47 percent view her favorably, while another 47 percent share an unfavorable opinion.

“But when it comes to strong feelings, the unfavorables still win out. While 22 percent have a very favorable view of Clinton, 36 percent regard her very unfavorably,” the findings say.

Meanwhile, here is some of the criteria the respondents considered.

“When asked which of her past jobs they view as Clinton’s greatest achievement to date, a third of voters say secretary of State, while 15 percent opt for the eight years she served as a U.S. senator from New York State. Just as many (14 percent) consider her tenure from 1993 to 2001 as first lady to be her top accomplishment,” the poll notes.

“Nine percent think her greatest achievement is being a good mother, and five percent credit her performance as a corporate lawyer. One-in-four opt for some other role or are not sure.”

The poll of 1,000 likely U.S. voters was conducted April 13-14.

Voters are a fickle bunch though. Last month, a Rasmussen poll also found that 54 percent urged the Democratic Party to “look for a fresh face to run for president in 2016 rather than promote a candidate who has already run in the past.”

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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