2016 poll: Clinton favored in Florida over two favorite sons
March 21st, 2013
09:27 AM ET
1 year ago

2016 poll: Clinton favored in Florida over two favorite sons

(CNN) – Let's say Hillary Clinton is the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee and either Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio is the GOP nominee.

A new poll suggests Clinton would hold double digit leads over both men in hypothetical general election matchups in their home state of Florida, the largest of the battleground states.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday, the former first lady, former senator from New York, 2008 Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state leads Bush, the former two-term governor of Florida, 51%-40% in the Sunshine State. And the poll indicates Clinton topping Rubio, the first term senator from Florida, 52%-41% in his home state.

Clinton has a 62%-33% favorable/unfavorable rating among Florida voters, compared to 50%-35% for Bush and 41%-34% for Rubio.

All three people are considering 2016 White House bids.

"We probably won't know for some time whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, but if she decides to make the race, she begins with a sizable lead in a state that Republicans cannot win the White House without," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Florida voters have a very positive view of Mrs. Clinton and it's not just Democrats who feel that way."

As for the current occupant in the White House, the survey indicates President Barack Obama has a 50%-45% approval-disapproval rating.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted March 13-18, with 1,000 registered voters in Florida questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Florida • Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Marco Rubio • Polls
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    CNN is now the spokesman, for the Democratic Party, already picking and promoting a single candidate.

    March 21, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:

    CNN is now the spokesman, for the Democratic Party, already picking and promoting a single candidate.
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    "All the news that's fit to print."

    March 21, 2013 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Mike

    Here we go...the 1000 people sample polls. Why don't they do a statewide survey or internet poll and get actually numbers instead of speculating like they did with gun-control.

    March 21, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Jinx9to88

    Love it!!!! Sorry Repubs I guess your policies are NOT what the people want. I am pretty sure if the polls showed it the other way around the Repubs would be all smiles.

    March 21, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  5. chilly g

    if ms clinton decide to run she will win,the republicans can not win in or virgina anymore with the current crop
    of repub, tea party mean peoples.

    March 21, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    Mike

    Here we go...the 1000 people sample polls. Why don't they do a statewide survey or internet poll and get actually numbers instead of speculating like they did with gun-control.
    March 21, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
    Jinx9to88

    Love it!!!! I am pretty sure if the polls showed it the other way around the Repubs would be all smiles.
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    MIke...meet reality as noted by Jinx.

    March 21, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  7. Scott

    chilly g

    if ms clinton decide to run she will win,the republicans can not win in or virgina anymore with the current crop
    of repub, tea party mean peoples.
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    As a Resident of Virginia, in which the Commonwealth has control of all 3 branches of State Goverment, Republicans do very well here. You need to research before you comment on items you have no knowledge of.

    March 21, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. arthur

    Well, maybe we're growing out of stupid down here. Good for us.

    March 21, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Scott

    As a Resident of Virginia, in which the Commonwealth has control of all 3 branches of State Goverment, Republicans do very well here. You need to research before you comment on items you have no knowledge of.
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    That's a rather interesting way to put it, "the Commonwealth has control." Freudian Slip?

    March 21, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. rs

    Beating Bush is no surprise. G.W. Bush has killed that name politically- especially as we remember on the 10th anniversay the worst diplomatic/military blunder in our history. Rubio? He's another aggressive, opportunistic GOP lightweight. No policy credentials, and a willing sellout ('look I speak SPANISH! Vote for me"). Florida has been especially hard hit with bad GOPpers of late. They'll have a hard time down there- especially if they EVER touch Social Security and Medicare.

    March 21, 2013 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  11. crjeffery

    I sure hope the people of Florida don't pick her for their president after the lies from her and Obama about Libya

    March 21, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  12. rs

    Mike

    Here we go...the 1000 people sample polls. Why don't they do a statewide survey or internet poll and get actually numbers instead of speculating like they did with gun-control.
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    That's easy. A sample population of 1,000 is ample for statistical purposes. You are apparently still believing the FOX Noise "the polls are skewed, the polls are skewed!" nonsense from the last election. If you recall, the final results were dead-on. Polling IS a Science. Too bad the GOP doesn't believe in Science anymore.

    March 21, 2013 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well, lessee,
    So far Hillary hasn't indicated she is running. Back when she and whats-his-name were running there was a poll that said about 51 percent wouldn't vote for Hillary under any circumstanses. But things change, right? A lot of the baggage Hillay carries will come up if she becomes a serius canidate again. Polls are done to make some news. Do you know Civil War relatives of civil war veterans are Still receving payments, to this day. Kinda tells you of programs that are never ended in Washington !

    March 21, 2013 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    Oh, dear. Here it is just a few months past the last election polling debacle and GOPers are already squabbling over 2016 polling data?

    March 21, 2013 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  15. ghostriter

    Man.....Rubio can't win in his home state...How embarrasing....

    March 21, 2013 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  16. This black democrat hates Obama

    I can't wait for the day when Obama's finally out of the White House in disgrace and we put in a Democrat like Hillary, who is our equal and get rid of that Obama SMELL!

    March 21, 2013 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. rs

    ghostriter

    Man.....Rubio can't win in his home state...How embarrasing....
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    It is a new Republican Trend. Romney didn't win his home state either, nor did Ryan. :-)

    March 21, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  18. Al-NY,NY

    crjeffery

    I sure hope the people of Florida don't pick her for their president after the lies from her and Obama about Libya
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    rs

    "What is more important to CNN and its viewers. To finally find out what happened in Libya..."

    Hint: we know what happened in Libya. Our brave foreign service offices and staff were killed in a fire set by an angry mod, with no civilian help, and no immediate help from Libyan authories, while our closest aid was more than a half mile away ON FOOT. Here's another tip- we know more about the 4 deaths in Bengahzi than we do about the start of the Iraq war. As long as the Right insists that somehow the less than unique deaths of 4 Americans in a turbulant foreign country is somehow a greater mystery than an illegal war against a soveriegn nation that killed 125,000 innocent civilians outright; caused another 100,000 to die from disease and starvation; turned 2 million into refugees in other nations; and killed 7500 American soldiers and contractors- you fools have ZERO credibilty. Get it?
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    the reality post is from another thread but it goes to show that the ditto heads are in full "huzzah" form as they continue to drone on and on about this...

    March 21, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |