President Barack Obama would have a difficult time beating the Republican presidential candidate in Florida if Marco Rubio were their running mate, but putting Hillary Clinton on the ticket could change all that, according to a new poll.
If the Republican presidential nominee had Rubio as their No. 2, 46 percent of Floridians would vote for the GOP ticket over the 41 percent who would choose the Democratic Obama-Biden ticket, according to a Suffolk University/WSVN-TV poll conducted among Florida registered voters.
But enter Clinton – if Obama had the secretary of state as his new running mate, he would become more appealing than a Republican ticket with Rubio as the vice presidential candidate, with 46 percent saying they would pick Obama-Clinton while 43 percent said they would vote for the GOP nominee with Rubio as their running mate.
Support for an Obama-Clinton ticket was even stronger against a generic GOP ticket – 50 percent of Florida voters said they would pick the president and secretary of state over a Republican ticket.
Clinton enjoys a high favorability among Floridians – 64 percent of those polled gave the secretary of state a thumbs up – a whopping 24 percentage points higher than Rubio’s favorability rating of 40 percent.
Obama’s favorability in Florida stands at 41 percent, while 50 percent of Floridians disapprove of the president’s performance.
The poll was conducted from Oct.26-30 among 800 Florida registered voters, and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.
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