Among Florida voters, Democrat Hillary Clinton leads all Republicans, and Jeb Bush tops the list of potential 2016 GOP presidential primary candidates, in the latest installment of the Quinnipiac University poll.
The poll also shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s popularity among Florida voters plummeting in the wake of scandal over a politically engineered bridge traffic jam.
In possible 2016 general election matchups among Florida voters, Clinton led:
• 49-43 percent over Bush, the former Florida governor.
• 51-41 percent over U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.
• 53-38 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
• 52-39 percent over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
• 54-34 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
In a Republican primary matchup, Bush led with 25 percent among Republican voters, followed by Rubio, 16 percent; Paul, 11 percent; Cruz , 9 percent; and Christie, 9 percent (down from 14 percent in November); and Ryan, 5 percent.
President Barack Obama rose in the poll but remains under water, 42 percent approval and 53 percent disapproval. That’s up from a negative 40-57 percent score in the November poll.
Clinton had little competition in a question about the Democratic presidential primary, getting 65 percent to 9 percent for Vice President Joe Biden, 5 percent for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 18 percent undecided or favoring another candidate, and 1 percent or less for other candidates.
The January 22-27 poll surveyed 1,565 registered voters in Florida, including 586 Republicans and 529 Democrats, for error margins of 2.5 points among the entire sample, 4.1 points on the Republican primary questions and 4.3 points for Democratic primary questions.