Obama's Baggage Not Sinking Hillary Clinton in Florida

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: January 31, 2014 8:50 AM
Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

A new poll shows President Barack Obama is upside down in Florida, but former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton starts off with the edge over Republican hopefuls in the Sunshine State for 2016.

Quinnipiac University released poll results Friday showing Obama has the approval of 42 percent of Florida voters while 53 percent disapprove of him. Obama also polled poorly in a November Q-Poll, which found 40 percent approved of him while 57 percent disapproved.

Despite her old boss’s bad numbers, Clinton beats out possible Republican candidates in head-to-head match-ups, including two favorite sons of the Sunshine State. Former Gov. Jeb Bush does best against her, but is still 6 percent behind. Clinton beats U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., by 10 percent.

Said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, "Among Florida favorite sons, former Governor Jeb Bush runs stronger than does Senator Marco Rubio, although GOP voters are widely split on their presidential choices." 

Clinton does better against the other Republican hopefuls, beating U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., by 13 percent, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., by 15 percent, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey by 16 percent and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, by 20 percent.

Noting that Christie had polled much better against Clinton in early polls, Brown said traffic scandals are hurting the New Jersey governor in Florida.

"New Jersey Governor Christopher Christie isn't finding any sun in the Sunshine State" said Brown. "'Bridgegate' is having a negative effect on his presidential fortunes in Florida. Since Florida is the nation's largest swing state, and one of the early primary states, the numbers are not good news for the New Jersey governor as he tries to weather the storm from the controversy."

Bush leads the Republican pack in Florida with 25 percent, followed by Rubio with 16 percent. Paul takes third with 11 percent, followed by Cruz and Christie with 9 percent and Ryan with 5 percent. Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana lags behind with 3 percent.

Clinton is routing the Democratic field in Florida with 64 percent and Vice President Joe Biden is a distant second with 9 percent. U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., takes third with 5 percent, while Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., all take 1 percent apiece.

The poll of 1,565 registered Florida voters was taken Jan. 22-27 and had a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent. The sample of 586 Republicans had a margin of error of +/- 4.1 percent. The sample of 529 Democrats had a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (7)

Craig Purcell
8:01AM FEB 2ND 2014
Sandygate coming up next for Christie:

Google : Christie Sandy 68 million probe
denise jordan
1:21PM JAN 31ST 2014
I am tired of all of them. The moral decay in this country is shameful. We has as country have decided that its OK,normal and
Acceptable for men to marry men and women to marry women. The bibli
Actually describes the times we live in. Whether people believe inGod or not does not matter He is real, and like it or not in thebible he speak specifically about and against the homosexual way of life. We all have to close our eyes on day and be judged by the God we have chosen to ignore. It going to be a sad time for many. I pray that AmericaGod . truly turns back to God. All of these people who in high position promoting this will someday have to answer to God himself. We need a president who really loves God.
2:18PM FEB 4TH 2014
Yes, you are so very right. By the homosexual endorsement, our government is pushing the teachings of the bible away. I think we all will be punished for this in time. Whether they accept it or not, this country was founded on Christian principals and a culture of God fearing people that followed the teachings presented by the bible.

Agree, we need a Christian president that loves and fears God.
The truth
12:18PM JAN 31ST 2014
If you for one minute think Clinton is going to sink herself you got blinders on. The GOP is so scared they are beside themselfs.
The truth
12:18PM JAN 31ST 2014
If you for one minute think Clinton is going to sink herself you got blinders on. The GOP is so scared they are beside themselfs.
C S.
11:36AM JAN 31ST 2014
Can we just MOVE forward and get away from the Clintons and the Bushes and especially Obama. All of them have not served this country's best interests. America needs a fresh, bold NEW face that will serve US and not be a dictator. And the media needs get it's head out of the sand.
And I agree with you Albert, that statement should have done her in, except she is now the new media angel.
Albert Shalhoub
10:57AM JAN 31ST 2014
Not to worry she will sink herself.

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