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Marco Rubio gains support in latest CBS-NY Times Poll

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Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio continue to hover around the top of the GOP presidential field according to a  New York Times/CBS News poll released Tuesday evening, with Rubio continuing to ascend.

Forty-eight percent of Republicans say they would support Rubio. Forty-seven percent say they would support former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who just officially entered the presidential contest on Tuesday. Bush is next, with 46 percent showing their support for him.  That’s a big improvement for Rubio from the last time CBS/NY Times polled back in February. At that time, Bush was tops with 49 percent Republican support, and Rubio was only at 38 percent.

When GOP voters were asked about having the “right kind” of experience, 59 percent of Republicans said Bush had sufficient experience, and 49 percent said he was conservative enough.

Forty-four percent of Republicans think Rubio had that “right kind” of experience, while 51 percent said he was conservative enough.

And apparently the Bush name isn’t that big of a drag for GOP voters. While 33 percent said it wouldn’t be a good thing, 48 percent said it wouldn’t make any difference.

On the Democratic Party side, 85 percent of Democrats say they would support Hillary Clinton for president. Joe Biden gets 53 percent support. Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley gets only 11 percent support.

Interestingly, when asked whether she was honest and trustworthy enough, Clinton’s numbers have gone up since the question was last asked a couple of months ago. 48 percent of Democrats says she is honest enough, 45 percent say she is not. Two months ago, those numbers were upside down, at 42-47 percent.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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