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Suffolk poll: Rubio, Clinton boost ticket chances
Posted Nov 2, 2011 by William March
Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 11:02 AM
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio as a running mate would help a GOP presidential candidate win Florida, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would boost Pres. Barack Obama’s chances in the state, according to a Florida registered voter poll by Suffolk University.
The poll also showed Mitt Romney and Herman Cain neck-and-neck among Florida Republicans, with Romney at 25 percent, Cain 24 percent, Newt Gingrich 11 percent, Rick Perry 9 percent and others 5 percent or lower.
Matched against the Republican candidates with no mention of a running mate, Obama tied with Romney at 42 percent, narrowly edged Cain 42-39 percent, and led the other Republicans by significant margins.
The poll included three questions on possible running mates:
—Matched against an unnamed Republican nominee with Rubio as the GOP running mate, Obama lost, 41-46 percent.
—Matched against an unnamed GOP nominee and unnamed running mate, but with Clinton named as Obama’s running mate, Obama registered a convincing 50-41 percent win.
—Matched against an unnamed GOP nominee with Rubio on the ticket, and with Clinton as Obama’s running mate, Obama won narrowly, 46-43 percent.
Among the poll respondents, 29 percent said they intend to vote Democratic in the presidential election “no matter what,” and exactly the same percentage said they intend to vote Republican “no matter what.” The rest said they were undecided, or that their vote depends on the performance of the economy.
Check the full results here.