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PPPoll: Rubio's approval slides in Florida over last year



The following is from a Public Policy Polling (Democratic-aligned) news release:

PPP's newest Florida poll finds that voters in the state continue to be closely divided in their feelings about Marco Rubio. 43% approve of him to 45% who disapprove numbers pretty similar to the 44/43 spread we found for him in March. Rubio has dropped over the longer term though- last September we found him with a 51/33 approval. 

Floridians say they support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by a 48/35 margin. Nevertheless only 21% of voters in the state say they agree with Rubio's stance on immigration, compared to 41% who they disagree. His problem on that issue is that both voters who support a path to citizenship (23/41) and ones who are opposed to a path to citizenship (19/51) both say that they disagree with Rubio on immigration. So basically he's not pleasing either side on the issue.

Rubio holds narrow leads in a pair of hypothetical reelection match ups, up 45/42 on Alex Sink and 46/43 on Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Republicans would certainly be better off with him running again than they would with Allen West though, who indicated last week that he would be interested in a 2016 Senate bid. West trails Sink 44/38 and Wasserman Schultz 44/40 in head to heads. 

A medical marijuana initiative that could be on the ballot next year has overwhelming support with Floridians- 62% say they would support it to only 26% who are opposed. There is a bipartisan consensus on the issue with independents (74/17) and Democrats (68/20) supporting it overwhelmingly and even Republicans (46/41) doing so by a narrow margin. 

Reflecting the unhappiness we're seeing with Congressional Republicans nationally, Democrats have opened up a 6 point lead on the generic House ballot in Florida at 48/42. They have a 10 point advantage with independents at 41/31, and 11% of Republicans say they'd vote Democratic if there was an election today compared to 9% of Democrats who say they'd support the GOP. 

PPP surveyed 579 Florida voters from September 27th-29th. The margin of error is +/-4.1%. This poll was not authorized or paid for by any campaign or political organization. PPP’s surveys are conducted through automated telephone interviews.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 3, 2013 2:13pm]


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