Who would you like to see run for president in 2016?

Posted November 6, 2014

— In the run-up to this year's election, The Elon University Poll surveyed nearly 1,000 respondents about who they would like to see run for president in 2016. 

Tops on the list are well-worn political names. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was named by 52.8 percent of Democrats surveyed and 21 percent of independents surveyed, while 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney garnered 18.6 percent among Republicans surveyed. 

Of course, the news wasn't all good for Clinton. At least one or two Democrats said "Not Hillary Clinton" when asked the question.

Current President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton show up on the lists, despite being constitutionally prohibited from holding office again. 

After the top two or three names offered by voters of each party, the responses get down to less than 1 percent of those responding pretty quickly. However, each group of voters offered up some interesting options for those in the market for a different kind of candidate.

Democrats: In addition to Clinton, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, known for her criticism of banking institutions; a generic request for "a female candidate"; Republican and former Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell; former Vice President Al Gore; and current Vice President Joe Biden. Comedians Adam Sandler and Stephen Colbert also made the list. 

Independents: Behind Clinton were Republican Sen. Rand Paul, Romney, Warren and pediatric-surgeon-turned-conservative-pundit Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Jesus Christ. Oprah, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, comedian Jon Stewart and "Not Hillary Clinton" also made the list. 

Republicans: Romney, Carson and Paul place first, second and third among Republicans surveyed. Clinton and Christie place fourth and fifth. Former governors Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee are also on the list, as are "Not Hillary Clinton," Powell and North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr. Jenna Bush – the daughter of the former president – former and deceased president Ronald Reagan, preacher Franklin Graham and country music singer Hank Williams Jr. also made the list.


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  • Larry Lynch Nov 14, 2014
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    john Edwards and al Sharpton would be a nice tag team to finish off America.

  • Charlie Watkins Nov 8, 2014
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    I would like to see Greg Brannon run for President in 2016. Or maybe John Edwards.

  • bmac813 Nov 7, 2014

    Lets put Ben Carson and see How many BLACK'S vote for him.
    They agree with everything he stands for , Against Abortion, Taxing the Rich, Gay Marriage, But they will not vote for him. He's and Uncle Tom. Yes but a Great Man.
    He grew up just like many of the Blacks, Had a hard Life,but yet made something of himself.

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 7, 2014

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    keep on telling yourself that...

  • recontwice Nov 7, 2014

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    The only place west should be running is the exercise yard at Leavenworth!!

  • recontwice Nov 7, 2014

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    Calling israel an ally is the biggest myth in world politics today!Israel cares only about israel and being able to kill women and children in Gaza!We should cut off every dollar of aid to them!!

  • Edward Levy Nov 7, 2014
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    Oh, do I detect a Jew hater here. Israel should be considered, they are our only Democratic allie in the Mid-East. For the one/two spot: Gov Martinez NM, Ted Cruz, Allen West, Mark Rubio just to name a few great choices. My top choice will on Run CONNIE RICE

  • Todd Jenkins Nov 7, 2014
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    Time for the same ole people to move on…Both sides of the aisles…The Clintons and the Bushes…Agree!!

  • Sally Bethune Nov 7, 2014
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    Why should Israel be in the US political discussion? They take our billions, talk trash about us and move more settlements in to the area they are not legally sanctioned to move.

  • Will Perry Nov 7, 2014
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    Ben Carson, Allen West, Rand Paul or Ted Cruz.. PLEASE RUN EITHER ONE!!!! Neither will appeal nationally!