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Rubio narrowly leads broad field of 2016 GOP contenders
Posted Dec 6, 2012 by William March
Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio narrowly leads a broad field of potential contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.
The results in a sample of GOP primary voters: Rubio 18 percent; Chris Christie, 14 percent; Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, 12 percent each; Mike Huckabee, 11 percent; Condoleezza Rice, 8 percent; Sarah Palin and Rand Paul, 7 percent each; and Rick Santorum, 4 percent.
Rubio’s strongest support, the pollsters said, was among voters who identify themselves as “very conservative,” while Cristie led among those who called themselves moderates.
Rubio didn’t lead in favorable ratings among the GOP voters—he ran close behind Paul Ryan, Mike Huckabee and Condoleeza Rice.
Hillary Clinton had a long lead on the Democratic side—61 percent to 12 percent for Joe Biden and 5 percent or less for Andrew Cuomo, Elizabeth Warren, Martin O’Malley, Deval Patrick, Brian Schweitzer, and Mark Warner.
The poll included 454 Democratic primary voters and 475 GOP primary voters interviewed with automated-dial “robopoll” methods Nov. 30-Dec. 2. for error margins of 4.6 points among Democratic and 4.5 points among Republicans. PPP is a Democratic-oriented, North Carolina-based political polling and consulting firm which says its published polls are neutral and not paid for by any campaign or political group.
More results here.