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Florida voters cool to Rubio, Bush running for president

Florida voters are cool to the prospects of two homegrown potential candidates for president, according to a new survey from the Democratic outlet Public Policy Polling.

The poll found that only 37 percent of voters in the state say former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) should run for president, against 52 percent who say he should stay on the sidelines.

{mosads}Sen. Marco Rubio (R) received a similar response, with 35 percent saying he should run, against 51 percent who say he should not.

Both potential presidential candidates are above water with their favorability ratings in the Sunshine State, but not by much.

Forty-five percent of Floridians have a favorable view of Bush, against 42 percent who view him negatively. For Rubio, 45 percent approve of the job he’s doing in the Senate, with 40 percent who disapprove.

Bush and Rubio could find out exactly where they stand with voters in their home state in less than a year, assuming both men run for president and last through the early-state primaries and caucuses. The Florida legislature has passed a bill setting Florida’s primary date for March 15, and Gov. Rick Scott (R) is expected to sign the bill into law.

Bush currently leads the pack of potential Republican candidates in Florida among GOP voters, according to the PPP survey. Bush takes 25 percent support, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at 17 percent, Rubio at 15 percent, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 12 percent, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at 7 percent, Sen. Ted Cruz at 6 percent, and Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie taking 4 percent each.

That’s a big move for Walker, who has jumped 10 percentage points from the same poll conducted in June. Bush has dropped 5 percentage points in that time.

Bush performs strongest among self-identified ‘moderates,’ who support him 33 percent to 10 percent over Walker. Walker leads Bush among those who identify as ‘very conservative,’ 23 percent to 19 percent.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) has a 44-point advantage over her closest Democratic competitor in Florida, Vice President Biden.

She also leads all of the potential GOP contenders in the state, but not by much.

Rubio performs the best in a head-to-head match-up with Clinton, trailing only 48 percent to 46 percent. Bush is the next closest, trailing Clinton 47 percent to 44 percent.

Walker is among a group of three Republicans that does the worst in a head-to-head match-up with Clinton, trailing her by 8 percentage points, 49 percent to 41 percent.

The PPP survey of 923 registered Republicans and Democrats in Florida was conducted between March 19 and March 22, and has a 3.2-percent margin of error.

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