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Poll: For 2016, Fla prefers Rubio over Jeb and Clinton over all Dems



Public Policy Polling: After his star performance at the convention last week Florida Republicans say they'd slightly prefer Marco Rubio to Jeb Bush as their Presidential candidate in 2016, in the event that Mitt Romney loses this fall. 24% say Rubio would be their top choice to 22% for Bush, with Condoleezza Rice at 12%, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, and Paul Ryan all at 10%, Rand Paul at 4%, Sarah Palin at 3%, and Rick Santorum at 1%.

Rubio leads the way thanks to strong support from Tea Party voters. He stands at 34% with them to 18% for Bush, 15% for Ryan, and 12% for Huckabee.  He also has the advantage with evangelicals at 29% to 17% for Bush, 14% for Huckabee, and 11% each for Rice and Ryan. Bush draws his support from more middle of the road Republicans, leading Rubio 24-16 with moderates and 27-21 with 'somewhat conservative' voters.

One thing that's clear is there will be a lot of potential candidates who GOP voters love in 2016 if Romney falters. 4 of the candidates come in over 80% in their personal numbers with Republican voters- Rice at 90/6, Bush at 87/8, Rubio at 87/9, and Ryan at 84/9.

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[Last modified: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 2:55pm]


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