Maybe it's comforting for South Carolinians to see some familiar last names in the fray for president.

While the 2016 election is far away. it's never too far for some (pollsters and journalists) to take the temperature of South Carolinians. Our Palmetto Politics poll, commissioned with three other television stations, shows Hillary Clinton leading the pack with 33 percent and Republican Jeb Bush with 21 percent of 1,000 likely voters surveyed.

Most notable about both choices is that the potential candidates have not said whether they plan to run - perhaps strengthening their reasons for not doing so. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, once seen as a GOP frontrunner, was favored by 9 percent of those polled.

Meanwhile, 57 percent of those polled said they disapprove of President Barack Obama's performance. College of Charleston professor Gibbs Knotts said it's unclear if Obama's approval numbers will affect the upcoming 2016 Democratic presidential primary.

"The base of the Democratic party is still supportive of the president," he said.

Pollster Jim Lee said Obama's low approval here could play a greater role on the Republican side, potentially hurting Christie, who earned the ire of many Republicans for appearing with Obama after Hurricane Sandy in the run-up to the 2012 election.

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