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PPP poll: Floridians like Rubio, Clinton in 2016
Posted Sep 5, 2012 by William March
Updated Sep 5, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Florida Democrats overwhelmingly prefer Hillary Clinton as their 2016 presidential candidate, and Republicans narrowly prefer Sen. Marco Rubio over former Gov. Jeb Bush as theirs if Mitt Romney loses the November election, according to a Public Policy Polling survey.
Among Republicans, the choices were: Rubio, 24 percent; Bush 22 percent; Condoleezza Rice, 12 percent; Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Paul Ryan, 10 percent each; Rand Paul, 4 percent; Sarah Palin 3 percent; and Rick Santorum 1 percent.
Rubio led with the help of voters who identify themselves with the tea party movement, said pollster Tom Jensen—about a third of them chose him.
Among Democrats, Clinton was the choice of 67 percent; Joe Biden 11 percent; Andrew Cuoma 8 percent and Elizabeth Warren, 2 percent, with no other candidate getting more than 1 percent.