UNF Poll: Hillary Clinton holds significant lead in Florida Democratic primary

A statewide poll conduct by UNF of likely voters in a Democratic primary reveal Hillary Clinton is on top.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The majority of voters in Florida would vote for Hillary Clinton if the Democratic primary race was held today, according to a new poll released Wednesday by the University of North Florida.

The poll reveals Clinton would receive the majority of votes with 54.6 percent. Bernie Sanders would come in second with 15.9 percent followed by Joe Biden with 11.2 percent.

When Democratic primary likely voters were asked who their second choice would be, 24.9 percent of respondents selected Biden followed closely by Sanders at 22.3 percent.

When asked what's the most important problem facing the United States today, 32 percent of Democratic primary likely voters believe it's the economy, jobs or unemployment. Education is the most important problem for 13.6 percent of respondents, while 12.7 percent think it's health care.

An overwhelming majority (76.4 percent) of Democratic primary likely voters approve of the way President Barack Obama is handling his job, while 76.5 percent approve of the way Vice President Joe Biden is handling his job. For Marco Rubio, the responses shifted in the opposite direction, with only 22.1 percent approving of the way he is handling his job in the U.S. Senate.

When asked about candidate favorability, the majority of Democratic primary likely voters (78.7 percent) have a favorable view of Clinton. When Republican primary likely voters were asked the same question, only 10 percent held a favorable view of Clinton. Also, most Democratic primary likely voter respondents (80.8 percent) view Biden favorably.

The poll was conducted from Oct.14-19 and includes 632 adult registered Democrat likely voters in the State of Florida with a 3.9 percent margin of error.


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