Schweitzer is tied at 46% in a hypothetical 2016 match-up with Marco Rubio, and he trails Paul Ryan by just 4 points, 45% to 49%. By comparison Hillary Clinton trails Ryan by 7 points (44/51) and Rubio by 8 points (42/50). Clinton is viewed favorably by 44% of general election voters and unfavorably by 48%.
Clinton is still the top pick for 58% of Montana Democrats to be the party’s 2016 presidential nominee, followed by 22% for Schweitzer, 9% for Joe Biden, 5% for Elizabeth Warren, 3% for Andrew Cuomo, 1% for Martin O’Malley and Deval Patrick, and 0% for Kirsten Gillibrand and Mark Warner. If Clinton opts to not run, Schweitzer would be the first choice for 35% of Democratic primary voters, trailed by Biden at 28%, Warren at 13% and everyone else in the low single digits or receiving no support. If Clinton and Biden both decide not to run, Schweitzer’s support would surge to 46%.