TALLAHASSEE — A new poll shows Hillary Clinton is a favorite among Florida voters in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup against either of the state's two best-known Republicans.
Clinton has leads against Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio in a survey of nearly 1,600 registered voters by Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 points.
Clinton leads Bush 49 percent to 43 percent and Rubio 51 percent to 41 percent. Her lead among other potential Republicans is wider. The poll shows Florida voters prefer her 51 percent to 35 percent over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Bush leads a hypothetical Republican primary with 25 percent, followed by Rubio with 16 percent, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 11 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz with 9 percent, Christie with 9 percent, and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan with 5 percent.
"New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie isn't finding any sun in the Sunshine State" said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. " 'Bridgegate' is having a negative effect on his presidential fortunes in Florida."
The poll also shows a majority of Floridians are down on the job President Barack Obama is doing. He has a 42 to 53 percent job approval rating.