Raleigh, N.C. – Hillary Clinton now leads Florida’s own Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio by double-digit margins in 2016 presidential match-ups as her popularity continues to climb in the state, according to PPP’s latest poll.
Clinton leads Bush by 13 points (53/40), Paul Ryan by 13 points (54/41) and Rubio by 16 points (56/40). This is a significant gain from January, when Clinton led Bush by 5 points and Rubio by 4 points. Clinton now claims 20-24% of the Republican vote and 55-58% of the independent vote against each of her potential Republican opponents. Her favorability has jumped to +19 (56/37) from an 11-point spread (52/41) two months ago.
Rubio’s job approval, meanwhile, has taken a big hit in Florida. His numbers are barely above water with 44% approving and 43% disapproving of his performance in the Senate. This represents a significant decrease from his +13 (49/36) job approval in January. The poll finds a drop in support from moderates and independents. 37% of Florida voters support Rubio running for president in 2016 while 53% are opposed to the idea. Jeb Bush’s favorability numbers have held steady in the past two months—he’s at +13 (50/37) compared to +16 (51/35) two months ago. Just 33% of Florida voters think he should run for president in 2016 while 53% disagree.