Poll: Clinton beats Jeb Bush in Florida

A new polls shows Hillary Clinton with an edge over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in his home state.

Clinton, by far the Democrats’ top choice for president if she decides to run, narrowly edges Bush in a head-to-head matchup — 47 percent to 45 percent, a finding within the poll's margin of error.

Separately, a Quinnipiac poll released Friday found New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) would fare better than Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in Rubio’s home state. 

Christie trails Clinton 45 percent to 41 percent. Rubio trails the former secretary of State 50 percent to 43 percent in a hypothetical matchup. 

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) also trail Clinton by more than 10 points. 

In a potential Republican Primary, Bush leads the pack with 22 percent. Rubio gets 18 percent. 

Fifty-six percent of Florida voters believe Clinton would make a good president. About 45 percent of voters think Bush or Christie would also make a good president, though Bush’s disapproval ratings are higher. 

Florida, with its all-important 29 electoral votes, is a major battleground state in presidential elections. 

Obama won Florida in his last two presidential elections, but the state picked President George W. Bush in 2004 and 2000, when a recount in the state decided the election and ended up in the Supreme Court.

Obama’s approval rating in the state mirrors national polling, with 40 percent approving of his job performance.  

The poll surveyed 1,646 registered Florida voters and holds a 2.4 percentage point margin of error.