The Fox headline, in my opinion, is rather biased: “FOX News Poll: Rubio does best against Clinton in 2016 ballot test.”
Republicans want a candidate who can beat Hillary Clinton. A new Fox News poll finds Marco Rubio performs best against the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Rubio has an eight-point edge: 50 percent to Clinton’s 42 percent.
This isn’t inaccurate, but I think the more amazing story is that Hillary doesn’t poll better than any top Republican candidate!
Then again, Clinton — who commands 55 percent support among Democratic primary voters, easily outpacing Bernie Sanders (32 percent) and Martin O’Malley (3 percent) — trails all top-tier Republicans in hypothetical 2016 face-offs.
Jeb Bush is ahead of Clinton by six points (45-39 percent). She trails both Ben Carson (47-42 percent) and Donald Trump (46-41 percent) by five. Ted Cruz bests her by four (45-41 percent), while Chris Christie has a three-point edge (46-43 percent).
Carly Fiorina fares the worst against Clinton: they tie at 42 percent. Women go for Clinton over Fiorina by four points, while men back Fiorina by six points.
Trump also tops Sanders by five points (46-41 percent).
Since Trump and Carson are leading among Republicans, I don’t understand why they aren’t mentioned first. Why is Jeb Bush given pride of place? Then they go back to pushing Rubio:
Rubio not only commands the widest margin against Clinton, he’s the only one who hits the 50 percent mark. Rubio’s margin comes entirely from men, who go for him over Clinton by 17 points. The two are tied among women voters.
This is the first time Rubio has topped Clinton, although it’s always been close — she was up by just one point in June (45 Clinton vs. 44 Rubio).
That’s interesting, but as far as I can tell, Rubio comes in fourth (or worse) among Republicans. There is little evidence at this point that he is going to win the Republican primary.
My main takeaway from this story is that Fox News favors Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Perhaps they are thankful that Rubio voted for Obamatrade.
My personal opinion is that the story behind the story is rage over Obamacare. Even though Republicans have been disappointing in the way they haven’t rolled it back, Democrats are still hated for it. That’s why almost any Republican will beat Hillary Clinton.