Vice President Joe Biden would likely have a strong following among Democrats if he ran for president, a group of "regular Joe" supporters second in size behind Hillary Clinton's, the other potential dominant Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.
Rasmussen Reports revealed their latest figures showing that 77 percent of Democrats view Biden favorably. For Clinton it's 90 percent.
If he ran, Biden would likely embrace President Obama and suggest that he would continue the president's policies. In the poll, Biden had approval numbers similar to Obama. And those who approve of Obama "have a much more favorable impression of Biden," said the pollster.
Biden has always been favored by blue collar Democrats as he's played up his Scranton, Pa., roots, is well known for preferring to ride Amtrak, and moves easily between his official duties and mingling with typical Americans like the bikers he hung out with last year during a campaign stop.
Other good news for Joe in the poll:
» Slightly more women than men have a favorable opinion of Biden.
» Younger voters tend to have a more favorable opinion of the veep.
» 82 percent of black voters view Biden favorably.
» 67 percent of all voters see Biden as politically liberal.
Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.