Poll: Rubio Tops Field of Potential Republican Presidential Contenders

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Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 02:05 PM

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Sen. Marco Rubio leads the pack of potential Republican presidential candidates, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson poll of 863 registered voters conducted April 22-28.

Rubio garnered 18 percent support among Republican voters, compared to 16 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 14 percent for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and 9 percent for former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. Twenty-one percent said they prefer someone else and 21 percent said they are unsure.

On the Democratic side, 63 percent of voters favor former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 12 percent support Vice President Joe Biden and 3 percent chose New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as their preferred candidate.

“Although it’s very early in the contest, talk in the press about Secretary Clinton’s possible run in 2016 is clearly being met with enthusiasm by Democratic voters,” Krista Jenkins, professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson, said in commentary accompanying the poll.

“Republican uncertainty mirrors the identity crisis the party is facing as it redefines its message in the aftermath of the 2012 presidential loss. Republican voters seem to be saying they remain on the lookout for their party’s Mr. or Mrs. Right, ” Jenkins added.

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