WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- If the 2016 presidential election were held today, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would win Florida if she were to run against Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.
Clinton has double-digit leads over Bush and Rubio in an early look at the 2016 presidential election, the poll states.
Clinton leads Bush 51 – 40 percent and bested Sen. Rubio 52 – 41 percent in a poll of registered Florida voters.
By a 91 – 8 percent margin, Florida voters support universal background checks for gun purchases, Quinnipiac reports. The poll also showed voters in gun-owning households support universal background checks 88 – 11 percent.
Quinnipia reports Clinton is viewed much more favorably than either man, 62 – 33 percent favorable for Clinton, compared to 50 – 35 percent favorable for Bush and 41 – 34 percent for Rubio.
"We probably won't know for some time whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, but if she decides to make the race, she begins with a sizable lead in a state that Republicans cannot win the White House without," Assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Peter A. Brown said in a release. "Florida voters have a very positive view of Mrs. Clinton and it's not just Democrats who feel that way."