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Rubio's 'worrisome' poll numbers



The new Quinnipiac University poll has a little something for everybody, but pollster Peter Brown singled out the numbers for former House Speaker Marco Rubio as a potential U.S. Senate candidate in 2010.

Rubio's numbers were described by Brown as "worrisome," with 13 percent favorable, 17 percent unfavorable, and 69 percent having no opinion of the Miami-Dade Republican. "More people don't like him than like him, if I read it correctly," Brown said, "and for someone who's not well known, that's not a good sign ... He's got some work to do." The complete poll results can be found here.

On the flip side in this poll is U.S. Rep. Connie Mack IV of Fort Myers, son of the former two-term U.S. senator, who has a 37-12 favorable/unfavorable mark, with 51 percent having no opinion of him. "Mack's numbers are very good. They're exceptionally good," said Brown, who speculated that sharing a name with a popular former U.S. senator is a political asset in Florida. "Mack's numbers in this poll are very impressive for someone who has represented one congressional district."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 3:14pm]


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