A new Quinnipiac poll today shows U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) leading the crowded field for the first time and is now running the strongest against Hillary Clinton (D-NY). Rubio, who officially launched his run for president ten days ago, received a post-announcement bump. He leads the field with 15 percent of the vote, followed by former Florida governor Jeb Bush at 13 percent and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker at 11 percent. No other candidate reaches double digits.
The last time Quinnipiac took a nationwide survey of the Republican nomination, two months ago, Rubio received just 5 percent of the vote.
Rubio trails Hillary Clinton by just two percentage points, 45 percent to 43 percent. She also leads among independent and unaffiliated voters, a key voting bloc, by two points.
Clinton also leads U.S. Senator Rand Paul by four. Walker, Huckabee, and Christie trail by five points. Bush and Cruz perform the worst, trailing Clinton by seven points.
Quinnipiac surveyed 1,354 registered voters on landlines and cell phones — about half of whom are Democrats and half of whom are Republicans — yielding an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.