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Marco Rubio Is GOP's Top Choice for 2016, But He's Trailing Hilary Clinton by 14 Points

It's not exactly news that Republicans have such a deep politi-crush on Marco Rubio that they'd like nothing more than to make him their 2016 nominee. Once again, Public Policy Polling has found that he's Republicans top choice.

However, PPP also ran a head-to-head poll matching up Rubio against Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton, and, well, it doesn't look good for Rubio.


Twenty-one percent of Republicans say they want Rubio in '16. Paul Ryan is second with 16 percent. Jeb Bush isn't that far behind with 14 percent.

Over on the Democratic side, it's a far clearer picture. Even in a nine-person field, Hillary Clinton is the clear favorite. Fifty-seven percent of Democrats would support her in 2016. It's an uncommon level of support this early in the game, especially when the potential candidate isn't the sitting VP.

But what would a Clinton vs. Rubio match up look like?

Clinton leads 51-37. Hillary also beats Jeb Bush 51-37.

Of all Republicans, only New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes close to touching Clinton, though she still leads 44-42.

Digging further down in the poll's stats unearths a few interesting tidbits. While Rubio tends to be more popular among white voters than Hispanics in Florida, the trend is reversed nationally. His favorable/unfavorable split nationally among Hispanics is 51-27. Among whites it's 32-27.

However, Clinton still has a 49-46 lead over Rubio among Hispanics.

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