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Meritocracy Loses In 2016 Presidential Poll

A new poll out by NBC and Marist shows, among voters in New Hampshire and Iowa, Hillary Clinton in the lead for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination and Jeb Bush in the lead for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton was shown to be far, far ahead of her nearest rival, while Jeb Bush was barely ahead of Rand Paul.

A clear loser in this poll appears to be meritocracy. Clinton, Bush and Paul all have had extremely powerful members of their families who made their consideration for the presidential nomination possible.

One glaring weakness in the poll, however, is that voters were only given one alternative to Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side: Vice President Joe Biden, who couldn’t campaign his way out of a paper bag. More exciting potential Clinton alternatives, such as Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, were left out of the poll entirely.

Why would NBC and Marist do that?

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