Even before President
"If she runs, she has my vote," said Myra Lieberman, 57, of Weston, a kindergarten teacher. "All my contemporaries are also supporters of her."
"We love her," Grossman said. "She's brilliant. I think she's got a good heart. I think she's extremely hard working. I'd like to see her, hopefully, run for president." Grossman, who sells ski tour packages, said she'd vote for Clinton "in a heartbeat, against anyone."
Lieberman and Grossman have plenty of company.
A new Public Policy Polling survey of Florida voters released last week shows Clinton, 65, is the overwhelming favorite of the state's Democrats for 2016. And the poll showed she'd edge out either U.S. Sen.
As she wraps up four years as Obama's secretary of state, the unsuccessful candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, former U.S. senator from New York and former first lady is viewed favorably by 52 percent of Florida voters. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.
Among Florida Democrats, 65 percent support Clinton for the 2016 presidential nomination. Vice President
In Broward and
"South Florida's definitely Hillary Clinton country," said Robert Watson, a political scientist at
Looking toward 2016, Clinton's fans, some foes and many independent analysts see her as unstoppable en route to the
"People adore her," said Dorothy W. Glauser of Boynton Beach. Personally, though, Glauser said she'd be "disgusted" by a Clinton victory. "I don't like her. I think she lies," she said.
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Yet Clintonites also saw her as a sure thing in 2008 — until her campaign ran smack into Obama's superior organization and energetic Obama supporters like Cynthia Busch, who last month was elected vice chairwoman of the Broward Democratic Party.
If Clinton had done as well then as the political insiders assumed, "then Barack Obama wouldn't be president right now," Busch said.
"Who's to say there isn't somebody else who is going to do something like what Barack Obama did and galvanize people. I would find it hard to believe that it would happen twice, but you never know," she said. "I'm sure she would do very well in South Florida, but four years is a long time from now, and a lot can happen."
DePalo said Clinton is popular among demographic groups critical to winning the Democratic nomination and the presidency. She said black and Jewish voters would be behind her "100 percent." Public Policy Polling found she has strong appeal among moderates.
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Clinton has said she has plans to take a long break after four years touring the globe as America's chief diplomat. She had a health scare in December after she fell at her
Kevin Heffernan of Boca Raton, a retired consultant to the
He doesn't think Clinton will run in 2016. "I think she's missed her opportunity."
Irving Rabiner, a Republican who lives in the largely Democratic territory west of Delray Beach, also isn't a Clinton fan. "I won't vote for her," he said.
But Rabiner sees a Clinton presidency as inevitable — assuming her health allows it. "If she is capable of it, I think she will run and she will win. I don't care who the Republican is."
Take our poll about Hillary Clinton and watch a video of a political analyst examining Clinton's South Florida appeal at SunSentinel.com/BrowardPolitics.