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In Florida, Hillary Clinton tops Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in 2016 presidential poll

by George Bennett | January 31st, 2014

Florida voters prefer Democrat Hillary Clinton over any hypothetical Republican presidential candidate — even Floridians Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio — in the 2016 presidential race, a new Quinnipiac University poll says.

Clinton is the clear favorite to win a Democratic primary in the Sunshine State, getting 64 percent to 9 percent for Vice President Joe Biden.

Bush, who was Florida’s governor from 1999 to 2007, is the top pick among Floria Republican voters. Bush is favored by 25 percent of GOP voters, with 16 percent supporting Sen. Rubio, 11 percent backing Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz getting 9 percent apiece.

The controversy over closing lanes to the George Washington Bridge has taken a toll on Christie in Florida. In November, Florida voters said by a 45-to-35 percent margin that Christie would make a good president. Those numbers are flipped in the new poll, conducted Jan. 22-27, with only 35 percent saying Christie would make a good president and 45 percent saying he wouldn’t.

In hypothetical 2016 general election match-ups, Bush would be the strongest Republican challenger to Clinton in Florida, losing to her by a 49-to-43 percent margin. Clinton leads Rubio by 10 points, Paul by 13 points, Ryan by 13 points, Christie by 16 points and Cruz by 20.

President Barack Obama‘s approval rating remains under water with Florida voters in the new poll. Only 42 percent approve of the job he’s doing, with 53 percent disapproving. That’s an improvement from November, when 40 percent approved and 57 percent disapproved.

The poll of 1,565 registered voters has a 2.5 percent margin of error. The Republican sample has a 4.1 percent margin of error and the Democratic sample has a 4.3 percent margin of error.

9 Responses to “In Florida, Hillary Clinton tops Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in 2016 presidential poll”

  1. jebamoni4 Says:

    Rubio is relying on the strength of hatred against Castro and the poor Cubans believed in him. But now they have tasted him for four years and found that he is nothing but hot air.He and Scott are blotting out Florida from the map.

    Jeb Bush is a phony to the very core. He also harps on the music that his wife is a Latino and speaks in Spanish to rake the Hispanic votes.

    But Hispanics and others will outsmart these two guys. The age-old divide and rule system would not work.

    Hillary proved herself inside and outside the Senate. No wonder she is winning!!

  2. Good one... Says:

    It’s just awesome that she came back from looking like she was at deaths door while avoiding answering questions about Bengazi.
    After she had time to learn what to say she is looking like a 20 year old now.
    Yep, Jebamoni4 she “has” proven herself inside and outside of the Senate.
    I don’t like Rubio or Jeb either, but let’s just face the reality that ALL of them will lie straight to your face to get elected.

    They are all cut from the same piece of cloth. I will vote for none of them, and will not vote again in this country until something changes with the quality of the applicants.
    I am tired of picking the best of the worst.

  3. nonsenseredux Says:

    Anyone that votes for Mrs. Clinton-one of the most conniving, arrogant, self indulgent people ever ought to have their head examined.

  4. Sameolsameol Says:

    How can anybody with even the slightest iota of a brain vote for this murderer? Just like the Kennedy’s, the Clinton machine (along with Obama’s)has a way of making those that cross them disappear. Simply amazing!!!

  5. NO THANKS!!! Says:

    R U KIDDING US????
    Benghazi?? ? Four unnecessry Deaths of OUR AMERICANS and A POOR EXCUSE of a VIDEO to SAVE THEIR POLITICAL FACE?? NO THANK U!!!!
    the so called arab spring??? The shape of the middle east is enough to scare anyone????
    NO for The other two also!!! u would think americans would have some common sense to leave the recyclables OUT especially after the shape of this country!!!!

  6. mirquella Says:

    I will gladly vote for Hillary. I love and admire her. Republicans don’t understand that only the crazy Republican base care about Benghazi. The rest of sane people don’t. We know it was just a tragedy. During Reagan 222 Americans were killed in Beirut, During Bush 64, 2,300 in 911, 5,000 Iraq war. 4 is less than 222, 64, 2,300, and 5000.

  7. PajamaMama Says:

    An error occurred while processing your request.

    The election is almost 3 years from now. Could we please have some peace from this nonsense?
    Report on something “current”

  8. summer Says:

    How come I am never asked to vote in these so called polls. There is no way I would ever vote for Hillary Clinton. It makes no difference what Party she belongs to. Never ever in a million years would I want her as my President.

  9. aperson Says:

    Rubio doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in U-know-what. If he’s the best that the R-party can come up with this round, another D will be in the White House. Jeb Bush would have been a fantastic choice a/o/t his brother last decade. Unfortunately for Jeb, many in the country have “Bush fatigue” and as such, he’s unelectable. As for Hillary, if she runs and the Republicans fail to come up with stronger candidates than Jeb and Rubio, she’ll be the next President. Personally, I like Christie, even more now with the little “traffic” controversy. If he and HIllary were the parties’ picks, we could be assured some lively debates and an overall interesting election cycle. Imagine the debate where HIllary brings up the current Christie controversy wherein he whips back at her her comment about who cares about 4 dead Americans (Benghazi hearings). If we have to put up with these sociopathic clowns for 4-8 years then they may as well be entertaining. ;-o

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