- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. performs better than Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton against several of the top 2016 GOP contenders, a new poll said.

Mr. Biden beats former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by 8 points (48 percent to 40 percent), retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson by 8 points (49 percent to 41 percent), businesswoman Carly Fiorina by 6 points (47 percent to 41 percent), and GOP front-runner Donald Trump by a 56-percent to 35-percent margin, according to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released this week.

Mrs. Clinton, meanwhile, led Mr. Bush by 1 point (45 percent to 44 percent), trailed Mr. Carson by 1 point (46 percent to 45 percent), trailed Ms. Fiorina by 1 point (45 percent to 44 percent) and led Mr. Trump by 10 points (49 percent to 39 percent).

Overall, 40 percent of respondents said they have a positive impression of Mr. Biden, compared to 28 percent with a negative impression, and the +12 split is better than any of the declared candidates. He has not yet announced his 2016 plans.

Mrs. Clinton had a -8 split, with 39 percent saying they have a positive impression of her and 47 percent saying they have an negative one.

The former secretary of state still had a lead in the Democratic primary contest with 42 percent support, compared to 35 percent for Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and 17 percent for Mr. Biden.

Without Mr. Biden in the race, Mrs. Clinton led Mr. Sanders by a 53 percent to 38 percent margin.

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