Rumors have been circulating for weeks — almost since the day she lost, really — that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was gearing up for a third run at the White House.
A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday offers a succinct judgment by voters: Don’t.
The survey of 1,991 registered voters conducted last week, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, suggests that 63 percent believe the 2016 Democratic nominee and 2008 candidate should not seek a rematch with President Donald Trump in 2020. A quarter of respondents said she should run.
The poll finds lackluster support for Trump. His approval rating stands at 44 percent, with 52 percent disapproving.
But voters in most subgroups reject the idea of another Clinton candidacy — men and women; liberals, moderates and conservatives; and all income and education levels. A plurality of Democrats also say “no.”
Even Clinton’s own voters from 2016 are evenly split — 43 percent want her to run and 43 percent wish she would not.
Clinton has support from a few groups. A majority of black voters, 55 percent, said she should take another stab at the White House, as do 49 percent who believe women’s issues are the top priority.
A seemingly low appetite for another Clinton race has not stopped speculation, which the former secretary of state has fueled with frequent public appearances in which she criticizes Trump. That speculation has intensified in recent weeks.
Earlier this month, Michael Graham at Inside Sources surveyed a divided field of potential Democrats and found no clear front-runner. He noted that Clinton has high name recognition plus the ability to raise money and build a national campaign infrastructure.
“When people ask ‘Why would Hillary run?’ the better question is: Why wouldn’t she?” he wrote.
New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin concluded, “Hillary Clinton is up to something.”
The president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., begged Clinton this month to run. “PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN,” he tweeted.
The poll also contains good news for Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
Kavanaugh, currently a federal appeals court judge, got the support of 40 percent of voters surveyed in the poll — with 28 percent saying he should not be confirmed by the Senate and 32 percent declining to answer or indicating they did not know enough about him.
In addition, 48 percent indicated that the senators should evaluate Kavanaugh based on whether he is qualified for the post. Only 32 percent said the vote should be based on where the nominee stands on political and social issues that might come before the high court.
Senate Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh in time for him to join the court at the start of its October term.