President Barack Obama’s job approval ratings remain mired in the 40’s, while Hillary Clinton handily leads all likely 2016 Republican challengers in a new Quinnipiac University poll of Florida voters released today.
In the poll, Clinton led by 7 to 21 percentage points when matched against potential Republican opponents including Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush for the 2016 presidential race, with Bush coming closest. Clinton led:
-- Bush by 49-42 percent
-- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by 54-33 percent.
Asked their favorite for the 2016 nominee, Florida Republican voters gave Bush a narrow lead in a widely divided field. Bush led with 21 percent 18 percent for Rubio, 10 percent for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 8 percent for Paul, 7 percent for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and 6 percent for Christie.
Asked their opinions of Obama’s performance as president, 52 percent disapproved to 44 percent approving. Since June 2013, Obama has varied from 47 to 40 percent approval among Florida voters.
Clinton faces little challenge in Florida as the favorite pick by Democrats for their 2016 nominee -- she got 67 percent followed by 8 percent each for Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
The July 17-21 poll surveyed 1,251 registered voters for an error margin of error 2.8 percentage points, or 4.6 points for questions including only Republicans or Democrats.