Quinnipiac: Hillary, Jeb Would Win Florida Primaries

Image: Quinnipiac: Hillary, Jeb Would Win Florida Primaries Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. (Adam Bettcher/Stringer/Getty Images; Andy Jacobsohn/Stringer/Getty Images)

Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 08:22 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush would if  Florida Democratic and GOP presidential primaries were held today, according to a Quinnipiac University poll.

Clinton would also beat Bush in a head-to-head match-up in the state, based on poll results.

Among Democrats, former Secretary of State Clinton has 67 percent support, up from 64 percent in a May 1 poll. Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren each have 8 percent support.

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In a Republican primary, 21 percent of registered voters would cast ballots for former Florida Gov. Bush, compared with 18 percent for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who in May was at just 11 percent to Bush’s 27 percent. In the earlier poll, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul separated Bush and Rubio with 14 percent of the primary vote, but has dropped to 8 percent.

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas would take 10 percent of the Republican primary vote, followed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 7 percent and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie with 6 percent. Thirteen percent of Republicans are undecided.

Washington Post conservative political blogger Jennifer Rubin in May characterized a Bush-Rubio primary matchup as "the GOP version of Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama – one runs on experience and practical politics, the other on ideology and inspiration."

Bush still bests any of his GOP colleagues in a Florida contest against Clinton, according to the Quinnipiac poll, which has Bush receiving 42 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 49 percent.

Rubio garners just 39 percent to Clinton’s 53 percent followed by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (38 percent to Clinton’s 51 percent), Paul (37 percent to Clinton’s 53 percent) and Christie’s 33 percent to Clinton’s 54 percent.

"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," Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement.

When taking into account independent voters, Clinton’s lead narrows. Independents back her over Bush by just 4 points (45 percent to 41 percent). She maintains a 16 to 20 percentage point lead among independent voters over other Republicans.

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