Poll: Clinton leads presidential pack in Florida

07/24/2014 2:21 PM

07/24/2014 2:22 PM

Jeb Bush leads a field of prospective GOP presidential candidates in Florida, topping Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and others. But Hillary Clinton beats them all in head-to-head matchups, according to a poll released Thursday.

“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be taking some criticism recently in the news media and among some liberal Democratic precincts, but nothing has changed among average voters in Florida where she remains queen of the political prom,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

In a 2016 Republican primary — keep in mind none of the candidates have said they are running — Bush gets 21 percent support followed by Rubio with 18 percent, Texas’ Cruz with 10 percent, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky with 8 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 7 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 6 percent.

In a May survey, Bush led with 27 percent, followed by Paul with 14 percent and Rubio with 11 percent. Either way, the field remains crowded and unsettled.

The Democratic side is another story with Clinton consistently leading the way over would-be Democratic rivals and beating Republicans.

Except for Bush, whom she leads by 7 points, 49-42, she beats other Republicans by double digits. Her lead over Rubio is 53-39.

Florida voters give President Barack Obama a negative 44 percent job approval rating, compared to a negative 46 percent May 1, the poll shows. Voters approve of the job Rubio is doing by 49 percent and give Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson a 45 percent approval rating.

The poll was conducted July 17-21 and included 1,251 registered voters with a margin of error of 2.8 percentage points.

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