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Hillary leads 2016 US presidential race, Jindal way behind: Poll

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Washington: Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton continues to lead all 2016 presidential candidates including those in the crowded Republican field where Indian-American Bobby Jindal languishes at the 13th place, according to a new poll.

While the former first lady now holds a slightly slimmer lead among Democrats, former Florida governor Jeb Bush and real estate mogul Donald Trump are the only two Republican candidates holding double-digit support among Republicans, a new CNN/ORC national poll finds.

Louisiana’s Indian-American governor, Jindal, figures 13th in a field of 14 declared and two undeclared Republican candidates with just 2 percent support, though his backing has gone up from one percent last month.

Bush stands at 19 percent, up from 13 percent in May — and his best showing in CNN/ORC polling since December. Trump follows at 12 percent, up from 3 percent before his announcement.

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (8 percent), neurosurgeon Ben Carson (7 percent) and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (7 percent) round out the top five.

Nationally, Clinton leads all other Democratic candidates by more than 40 points, with 57 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents behind her and 16 percent backing Vice President Joe Biden and 14 percent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.

The poll holds better news for Biden than it does for Sanders, who has made gains against Clinton in recent polling in Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states which kick off presidential campaigns of both parties with the first caucuses and first primaries respectively.

But Biden, who has not jumped into the race as yet, actually tops the list as national Democrats’ second-choice candidate, 35 percent say he’s their second pick, compared with 14 percent who say Sanders is, the poll found.

Looking ahead to the general election, Clinton continues to hold significant leads over Bush (54 percent to 41 percent) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (56 percent to 37 percent).

Clinton’s clearest advantage, however, is over Donald Trump, with 59 percent saying they would vote for Clinton if the 2016 match-up were between her and Trump, and 34 percent saying they would back Trump, the poll found.

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Veteran Actress Shabana Azmi nominated as the Ambassador for WPSP

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

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Shabana Azmi nominated as Global Ambassador for WPSP

Veteran actress and social activist Shabana Azmi has been nominated as the Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project (WPSP), a Hillary Clinton-founded programme aimed at empowering the next generation of women around the world.

According to the official WPSP website, it is an innovative initiative to advance women to positions of influence in governments and civic organisations worldwide, and was founded by Clinton in partnership with the US Department of State and the Seven Sister Colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College.

“I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA,” Shabana tweeted on Sunday.

WPSP is a programme of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative. It also mobilises women on issues of critical importance in public service.

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Shabana, who has been speaking up for women’s rights and has been working towards uplifting women’s status in the society through her Mijwan Welfare Society, was congratulated by actors like Tisca Chopra and Divya Dutta.

"I am honoured to be nominated as Global Leadership Ambassador for Women in Public Service Project at Wilson Centre, USA," Shabana tweeted on Sunday.
Shabana Azmi nominated Ambassador for Hillary Clinton’s founded WPSP

Acknowledging Tisca, Shabana wrote: “Women leaders can change the world. When women have a seat at the table, they lend their unique perspective to policy decisions that impact them and their communities. I commend WPSP Director Gwen Young and Advisor Sumera Haque for this urgent project.”

While thanking Divya, who said Shabana was the “best one to bring in the change”, she wrote: “Representation is more than numbers we need to take account of where women are present or absent in decision making. Building data and evidence base for women’s leadership is critical.”

The veteran actress emphasised that WPSP’s goal of 50×50 is an important mission that needs people to step up and enable and empower more women to lead. (IANS)