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Jeb Bush Would Beat Rubio in 2016 Fla. Primary

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 12:58 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would beat Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in a statewide Republican presidential primary if the vote were held today, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday.

The survey of 1,646 registered state voters found that Bush would pull 22 percent of the vote to Rubio's 18 percent.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would win the Democratic primary in the state, beating other potential party candidates, drawing 70 percent of the vote. The poll also shows Clinton beating all potential GOP candidates in the Florida general election, even though Bush would give her quite a run.

According to the statewide survey conducted Nov. 12-17, if the vote were held today Clinton would receive 47 percent support to the former governor's 45 percent. She would beat New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by a margin of 45 percent to 41 percent, and Rubio by 50 percent to 43 percent.

In the poll's hypothetical Republican primary matchup, Bush would also beat Christie, who drew 14 percent support from respondents on the primary question. Other candidates in hypothetical matchups were Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who got 12 percent support, and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 9 percent.

Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Govs. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana were also part of the survey, but drew only 6 percent or less support.

The survey also asked which of the candidates would make a "good" president. Clinton drew 56 percent compared to Bush at 46 percent and Christie with 45 percent. All the others negative scores on that question, with even Rubio, pulling only 39 percent.

"It's no surprise that Hillary Clinton is well thought of by Florida voters," said Quinnipiac assistant polling director Peter Brown. But when asked if she would be a good president, more voters said yes than the poll indicated would actually voter for her.

"Nonetheless, she is neck-and-neck with former Gov. Jeb Bush and has a narrow lead over Chris Christie," Brown said. "Another Florida favorite son, Sen. Marco Rubio, doesn't fare as well."

Florida often is a decisive state in the presidential race, with 29 electoral votes. The state famously put George W. Bush in the White House in 2000, and has picked every president since Bill Clinton won in 1992.

The poll also asked how Florida voters feel about President Barack Obama, with 57 percent of respondents disapproving of how he's doing his job to 40 percent who approve. That figure is up 9 points since June, and generally matches the president's job performance rating across the country.

Floridians also oppose Obamacare 54 percent to 39 percent.


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