Florida Poll: Rand Paul Bests Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio Against Hillary Clinton

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: July 10, 2014 1:20 PM
Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton

Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton

A new poll shows U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., running better in Florida against former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton than two potential Republican presidential candidates from the Sunshine State in hypothetical 2016 match-ups.

The survey of registered Florida voters from WFLA and Survey USA finds Clinton, the heavy favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, leading Paul within the margin of error. Clinton takes 46 percent while Paul registers 42 percent.
The poll shows Clinton and Paul do a solid job of keeping their bases intact. Three-quarters of Republicans, 75 percent, support Paul, while 15 percent go for Clinton. Democrats are also behind their candidate, with 83 percent supporting Clinton and only 11 percent breaking for Paul.

But Paul scores points with independents, keeping him in the contest. Voters outside the two major parties go Paul’s way, with 45 percent behind him and barely a third -- 34 percent -- supporting Clinton. Some 21 percent remain undecided.

Clinton does much better in two Survey USA poll of voters in the Sunshine State taken last month when matched up against two Florida Republicans than she did against Paul. Former Gov. Jeb Bush took 41 percent but Clinton led with 47 percent. Clinton routed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio in his home state, taking 53 percent, while the Republican pulled 39 percent.

All three of the possible Republican presidential candidates included in the poll do better when matched against Vice President Joe Biden instead of Clinton. Paul leads Biden 47 percent to 39 percent. Bush did slightly better than Paul in this scenario, taking 47 percent while Biden reeled in 38 percent. Rubio did worse than his two fellow Republicans, but he edged Biden 46 percent to 43 percent.

The poll of 849 registered Florida voters was taken from June 30-July 2 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinstatenews.com.

Comments (1)

10:05AM JUL 11TH 2014
A poll of 849 voters? Wonder how far ahead Clinton would be with a larger group. Paul will never get the women or Hispanics, and certainly not the black vote after proposing eliminating the civil rights act.

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