Florida Republican voters favor former Gov. Jeb Bush over Sen. Marco Rubio in an early poll of potential 2016 presidential candidates released today by Quinnipiac University.
Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming presidential favorite among Florida Democrats and has an advantage in the state over any potential GOP candidate, the new poll says.
The poll also finds that disapproval for President Barack Obama has hit 57 percent in the state, with 40 percent of Florida voters approving. The president’s signature health care law gets similarly dismal reviews, with only 39 percent supporting it and 54 percent opposed. By a 51-to-44 percent margin, Floridians say Obama is not “honest and trustworthy.”
When asked about 2016, Bush gets 22 percent support among Republicans, Rubio 18 percent, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 14 percent and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz 12 percent.
Clinton tops Vice President Joe Biden by a 70-to-9 percent margin in a Democratic ballot test.
Clinton also tops any hypothetical Republican challenger, though her 47-to-45 percent edge over Bush falls within the poll’s 2.4 percent margin of error. Clinton holds a 50-43 edge over Rubio, a 45-41 edge over Christie, tops Cruz 52-36, Rand Paul 51-41 and Paul Ryan 50-42.