Florida poll: Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio for president

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TALLAHASSEE — Hillary Clinton is a heavy early favorite among Florida voters in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup against either of the state's two best-known Republicans — former Gov. Jeb Bush or U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, a poll released Thursday shows.

Clinton has a double-digit lead over both of the Florida Republicans in a random telephone survey of 1,000 of the state's registered voters by Quinnipiac (Conn.) University Polling Institute taken March 13-18.

The new Quinnipiac survey, which has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, shows Clinton would best Bush 51 percent to 40 percent and top Rubio by 52 percent to 41 percent if an election were held now. Independent voters, however, were virtually divided in a Bush-Clinton matchup while the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady ran ahead of Rubio in a comparable pairing with a 47-38 advantage.

"If she decides to make the race, she begins with a sizable lead in a state that Republicans cannot win the White House without," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the polling institute. "Florida voters have a very positive view of Mrs. Clinton and it's not just Democrats who feel that way."

Clinton was regarded favorably by 62 percent of the respondents, including 26 percent of Republicans and 57 percent of independents.

Two thirds of women surveyed held a favorable view of Clinton.

Clinton was easily the best known of the trio with 95 percent having an opinion on her, compared to 85 percent for Bush and 75 percent for Rubio.

None of the three have announced their intentions for 2016 although Bush and Rubio have been taking the temperature of GOP voters with a variety of political appearances across the country in recent weeks. Clinton, who stepped down as secretary of state this year, lost the 2008 Democratic nomination to Barack Obama in a lengthy and bruising Democratic primary contest.

President Obama's job performance, the poll showed, was regarded favorably by 50 percent compared to 45 percent who rated it unfavorably. Obama carried Florida, the nation's largest swing state, in both the 2008 and 2012 general elections.

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26yearsonmarco writes:

A visit to Libby Land:

Are Illinois and Chicago great, or what?

Should the U.S. pull out of Chicago ?

Body count: In the last six months, 292 killed (murdered) in Chicago compared to 221 killed in Iraq , and Chicago has one of the strictest gun laws in the entire US!

President: Barack Hussein Obama

Senator: Dick Durbin

House Representative: Jesse Jackson Jr.

Governor: Pat Quinn

House leader: Mike Madigan

Atty. Gen.: Lisa Madigan (daughter of Mike)

Mayor: Rahm Emanuel

The leadership in Illinois - all Democrats.

Thank you for the combat zone in Chicago .

Of course, they're all blaming each other!

Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!

Chicago school system rated one of the worst in the country!

Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!

State pension fund $78 Billion in debt, the worst in the country!

Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!

Cook County ( Chicago ) sales tax 10.25%, highest in the country!

Can't blame Republicans; there aren't any!

This is the political culture that Obama comes from in Illinois .

And he is going to “fix” Washington politics for us???

George Ryan is no longer governor, he is in the big house! Of course, he was replaced by Rob Blajegovitch who is...that's right, also in the big house! And Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. resigned a couple of weeks ago. That’s because he is fighting being sent to…right again, the big house!

The Land of Lincoln , where their governors make their license plates!!!

1Paradiselost writes:

If Hillary runs she will will!

That would will be 6 out of the last 7 losses for Republicans running for president!

Polls show a majority of the American public is tired of the Republican party. They are Bankrupt when It comes to ideas how to move America forward.

Americans are just plain tired of hearing the word "NO"!

Marco-Bob writes:

Another bunch of uninformed voting idiots.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to Marco-Bob:

Another bunch of uninformed voting idiots.

Keep watching FOX NEWS.... And soon you will be living in OZ!

RayPray writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

If Hillary runs she will will!

That would will be 6 out of the last 7 losses for Republicans running for president!

Polls show a majority of the American public is tired of the Republican party. They are Bankrupt when It comes to ideas how to move America forward.

Americans are just plain tired of hearing the word "NO"!

"Polls show a majority of the American public is tired of the Republican party. They are Bankrupt when It comes to ideas how to move America forward."

>>> True! Illinois must become cynosure of the nation!

>>> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03...

1Paradiselost writes:

Ray...

Nice post but.... Greed has no political party!

johnnycakes writes:

Oh my! This is what passes for political discourse on Marco? (Folks, "discourse" is a big word meaning "talking about things.") Klaus, you might want to consider taking some lessons on expressing yourself in the English language. Rather than in Germanic-Pseudo-Incomprehensible-English.

26yearsonmarco have you checked the results of the most recent federal election recently? Hint: You lost.

MarcoBob - what if some of the idiots are actually informed? Maybe even more informed than you? I know it's tough to contemplate but listening to Rush Limbaugh every day doesn't lead to enlightenment. You might consider subscribing to the Neanderthal Osprey. Head-bangingly good. It's where I get all my great ideas.

(If anyone has any suggestions about who else I can insult, please forward.)

What does it say about the current state of the GOP that even the Marco Eagle can publish a story about either Clinton that is this positive? Genuinely scary for Old White Guys like me. The Republican Party has lost its way. There are real signs that it might have some young almost-leaders who can navigate it out of the wilderness. But that will mean compromise, and we all know how difficult that is after we're 60. Right Klaus? Did I say 60 ...

Is it at all possible that all you retired, presumably semi-intelligent folks, can have an civilized, cosmopolitan conversation about politics? No? Thought not. Too much fun to type and blast!

26yearsonmarco writes:

I may be mistaken but it sure seems Johnneycakes is having a Typing Blast himself.

26yearsonmarco writes:

Remember the Clinton Health Care Plan that was defeated???

Well, here are the consequences of ObamaCare that I'm sure Hillary endorses.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/health-...

Send the Witch to Benghazi.

August8 writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

Remember the Clinton Health Care Plan that was defeated???

Well, here are the consequences of ObamaCare that I'm sure Hillary endorses.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/health-...

Send the Witch to Benghazi.

Another great post 26, excellent. The thought of her makes me want to vomit, excuse me please.

26yearsonmarco writes:

August8,

The Obama voters are just beginning to wake up and understand the error they made when they voted for ObamaCare, which I’m sure they thought was going to be free.

Over the last few months, I have had the opportunity to talk to business owners from all over our Once Great Country, and they all say the same thing regarding the reduction of full time employees to part time, so they will not be required to provide their health care, even if they were already doing it.

The next shock comes when the now part time employee needs to work two jobs, and must provide for their own health care, at their expense, or pay a fine, and as the article in my previous post says, the cost will sky rocket.

1Paradiselost writes:

August & 26...

You guys believe in lies, Instead of posting BS... don't be so lazy, try searching the main street media for the truth.

It's amazing how gullible can one be, Just keep watching FOX NEWS boys.

Soon the wizard of OZ will grant your every wish. The magic fairies will fly over you and sprinkle magic dust on your pinheads.

26yearsonmarco writes:

1PPANTS & HERR DUMPPKOPFFFFFFF,

It's too bad ObamaCare doesn't cover mental health, because you guys need some.

The facts I mention came from horse’s mouth, not the horse part of the horse you get yours from.

1Paradiselost writes:

26...

When the dentist pulled your remaining teeth before you got your dentures, did you put them under your pillow waiting for the tooth fairy?

It amazes me how far you swallowed the fishing hook... Anyone who thinks paying a hospital $239.00 for ONE band-aid that you can buy at Walgreens for $1.98 is good business practice... you my friend are a fool!

BTW... Obamacare no longer covers your Viagra, The new law says you will have to use a Popsicle stick and duct tape from now on.

26yearsonmarco writes:

1PPANTS:

"The new law says you will have to use a Popsicle stick and duct tape from now on."

Sounds like something you may have had experience with, and I assume it does not require a battery like that other thing you use.

26yearsonmarco writes:

1PPANTS:

The Huffington Post is looking for you and HERR DUMPPKOPFFFFF:

http://jimromenesko.com/2013/03/21/hu...

August8 writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

1PPANTS & HERR DUMPPKOPFFFFFFF,

It's too bad ObamaCare doesn't cover mental health, because you guys need some.

The facts I mention came from horse’s mouth, not the horse part of the horse you get yours from.

26, Hee-Hee-Hee,, very good !! The way I see it Hillary Clinton is good for one thing, an anti-Viagra serum?

1Paradiselost writes:

Klaus...

What kind of person would look for an article about sex with space aliens? Only a Republican would!

If you like stories about men having sex in public rest rooms... you must be a Republican.

You Must Be A Republican If.......

* You recycle your own toilet paper

* Your mom has to shave more times a month than your dad

* You see a bill board that says "Don't do crack" and it reminds you to pull up your pants.

* You stare at a carton of orange juice because it says "concentrate."

* Your bumper sticker reads: "One more woman of allegedly ill repute and We Get Gore."

* The nativity scene you set up in your yard at Christmas includes two pink flamingos and baby Jesus lying in a painted tire.

* Most of your teeth are on a chain around your neck.

* You hunt from your bedroom window.

* Your dad walks you to school because you're in the same grade.

* You use a 10 penny nail to pick your teeth after a night of road kill.

* You have ever dressed your child as a "Snot-rag" for Halloween.

* Your idea of a loaded dishwasher is getting your wife drunk.

* You and your spouse get divorced and you are still relatives.

* You go to your local ice cream store and order Copenhagen "sprinkles" on your cone.

* You know instinctively that red wine goes with opossum.

* You're always looking to find your Mother-in-Law's picture on the back of a milk carton!

* The officer that just pulled you over asks if "you have any I.D."..and you respond "About whut?"

* You take a beer to a job interview.

* You are caught roll'n your trailer down the street to jump start the heater.

* When you finish eatin' your bologna you use the rind for dental floss.

* You go to Goodwill to meet women.

* You and your friends are putting an engine in a pickup, drinking beer, and the conversation is:

Which county jail has the best food!

August8 writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE !!!!

26yearsonmarco writes:

1PPANTS:

“You use a 10 penny nail to pick your teeth after a night of road kill.”

Do you know the difference between ROAD KILL and a DEAD DEMOCRAT lying on the road???

Answer: There are always Skid Marks in front of the Road Kill.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

1PPANTS:

“You use a 10 penny nail to pick your teeth after a night of road kill.”

Do you know the difference between ROAD KILL and a DEAD DEMOCRAT lying on the road???

Answer: There are always Skid Marks in front of the Road Kill.

26.... Your the expert on skid marks.

However, Hillary leads your front runners for president. If the election were held today you would be a looser again.

The Republican party is in melt down. Time to make the Tea Party a third party in America. I'm sure there's plenty of room for you in their Clown Car.

Please Remember the meaning of Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

26yearsonmarco writes:

1P,

You keep referring to Republicans as losers, so please explain what, if anything, what you think you personally, and Our Once Great Country, has gained under Obama.

No ranting, just be honest, please.

1Paradiselost writes:

(Just a couple of) the Obama administration's accomplishments:

1) The first bill President Obama signed was the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, to help women fight back when they don't get equal pay for equal work.

2) His Recovery Act supported millions of jobs and helped to stave off a second Great Depression.

3) He pushed for and won middle class tax cuts that benefited every American worker, and saved the typical family $3,600 in taxes over the last four years.

4) President Obama rescued the auto industry, and now GM and Chrysler are healthier than they've ever been. The American auto industry has added nearly a quarter of a million jobs since June 2009—and they most likely wouldn't exist right now without President Obama's leadership.

5) He doubled funding for Pell Grants, helping to make college more affordable for nearly 10 million families.

6) His student loan reform ended billions in subsidies to banks serving as middlemen, reinvested those savings directly in students.

7) The President established the American Opportunity Tax Credit, worth up to $10,000 over four years of college.

8) His Race to the Top Initiative helped spur nearly every state to raise academic standards.

9) His tax cuts, social-welfare programs, and economic policies lifted nearly 7 million Americans above the federal poverty line in 2010.

10) President Obama has signed 18 tax cuts for small businesses since taking office.

11) We've seen 5.2 million new private sector jobs over the last 31 months.

12) The unemployment rate is at the lowest level since President Obama took office.

13) Health care reform—passed after decades of failed attempts by every previous president—provides affordable health coverage to every American and will lower premiums by an average of $2,000 per family by 2019.

14) Obamacare expanded access to lifesaving preventive care such as cancer screenings and immunizations with no out-of-pocket costs for 54 million Americans.

15) Obamacare ends insurance discrimination against the 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions.

16) Because of Obamacare, over 3 million more young adults have health insurance today than would if the new law hadn't passed.

17) The parents of over 17 million children with pre-existing conditions no longer have to worry that their children will be denied coverage.

18) President Obama has ordered the overhaul of federal government regulations to make them smarter, practical, and more efficient. Just a fraction of these common-sense initiatives will help save businesses $10 billion in the next five years alone.

19) His historic investments in clean energy have helped more than double the amount of electricity we obtain from wind and solar sources and helped increase biofuel production to its highest level in history.

(see next post)

1Paradiselost writes:

20) President Obama is doubling fuel efficiency standards, which will save drivers more than $8,000 at the gas pump, not to mention lessen the impact of automobiles on our environment.

21) President Obama has taken unprecedented action to address climate change, reaching historic international agreements to curb carbon emissions, and taking action here at home to reduce carbon pollution from our vehicles and promote clean energy production.

22) He has taken historic action to protect our environment—signing one of the largest expansions of protected wilderness in a generation and putting in place standards to reduce toxic air pollution that will save thousands of lives.

23) President Obama fought for and won landmark Wall Street reform that reins in the abuses that led to the financial crisis and ends the era of taxpayer bailouts and "too big to fail."

24) Wall Street reform created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the nation's first federal agency focused solely on consumer financial protection—and the Bureau is already protecting families from unfair and abusive financial practices from Wall Street banks and shadowy corners of the financial industry.

25) As part of President Obama's commitment to transparency, the White House has posted its visitor records online for the first time ever.

26) President Obama's all-of-the-above approach to energy has helped cut the United States' dependence on foreign oil to its lowest level in 20 years.

27) President Obama RESPONSIBLY ended the war in Iraq.

28) He announced a plan to end the war in Afghanistan and transition security responsibility to the Afghan people.

29) President Obama sent the largest security assistance package to Israel in history and funded the Iron Dome system, which is protecting Israeli homes and schools from rocket attacks.

30) President Obama rallied the international community to implement the toughest sanctions on Iran in history.

31) Through the President's historic increases in Veterans Affairs funding, he has expanded and improved healthcare and job training access for our returning veterans.

32) President Obama negotiated the New START Treaty with Russia to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in both countries. At the same time, he also secured commitments from dozens of other countries to lock down nuclear materials.

33) His administration naturalized 11,146 military servicemembers as U.S. citizens in 2010; more than in any year since 1955.

34) President Obama set a bold new plan for the future of NASA space exploration, using the skill and ability of the private sector for short trips to the International Space Station, while building a new vehicle for exploration of distant space, and doing everything in his power to support the economy on Florida's Space Coast.

(SEE NEXT POST)

1Paradiselost writes:

35) President Obama recognizes that tourism is one of America's largest economic engines; he's worked to encourage international visitors to come here, maintaining our security while keeping millions of Americans in good, paying jobs.

36) He has affirmed his personal support of marriage equality, directed the Justice Department to stop defending DOMA in federal courts, and took the practical and compassionate step of extending hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners.

37) He fought for and won the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", allowing gay and lesbian members of the military to serve openly for the first time in history.

38) When Congress failed to fix our broken immigration system, his administration did everything in its power to improve it, streamlining the legal immigration process and announcing a policy that lifts the shadow of deportation from hard working young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

39) Oh, and he GAVE THE ORDER to send troops in after Osama Bin Laden—and has decimated al Qaeda's senior leadership.

So 26..... What has the Republican party done for America?

No ranting, just be honest, please.

26yearsonmarco writes:

I believe this is the best explanation of the Obama Affect on Our Once great Country:

THE NEW ANT and the Grasshopper, Two Versions:

OLD VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY: Be responsible for yourself!

26yearsonmarco writes:

MODERN VERSION:

The ant works hard in the withering heat and the rain all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.
Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while he is cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food.

America is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?
Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, ‘It’s Not EasyBeing Green’. Occupy the Anthill stages a demonstration in front of the ant’s house where the news stations film the SEIU group singing, We Shall Overcome. Then Rev. Jeremiah Wright has the group kneel down to pray for the grasshopper’s sake, while he blasteds the ants.

President Obama condemns the ant and blames President Bush 43, President Bush 41, President Reagan, Christopher Columbus, and the Pope for the grasshopper’s plight.
Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share. Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the GovernmentGreen Czar and given to the grasshopper. The story ends as we see the grasshopper and his free-loading friends finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he is in, which, as you recall, just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around them because the grasshopperdoesn’t maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow, never to be seen again.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident, and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the ramshackle, once prosperous and peaceful, neighborhood.

The entire Nation collapses bringing the rest of the free world with it.

MORAL OF THIS VERSION: Be careful how you vote.

You might want to send this on to other ants like yourself. Don’t waste time with grasshoppers, they have no incentive to understand.

1Paradiselost writes:

I answered your question.... It's obvious by your response you live a rubber room on another planet!

You my friend 26 are a mentally challenged idiot!

26yearsonmarco writes:

Only time will tell who is right, and who is wrong.

Unfortunately, time has already run out for many full time employees who have been reduced to part time, and a person I know who has been laid off from Blue Cross, along with his entire department, because Blue Cross is planning for the loss of over 25 million policy holders due to ObamaCare.

But I’m sure, like the rest of you lefties, the gay rights thing, and the naturalization of illegal immigrants like you good buddy Klaus, rank the highest on your approval list.

1Paradiselost writes:

26.... your all BS with NO substance!

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