Quinnipiac's latest national survey is what's known as a beauty contest; 2016 is a long way off. But who's hot and not?
President Obama is losing points; with 46 percent approving of his job performance while 45 percent disapprove. That's a big change from his December 53-40 rating.
But the poll is downright ugly for the GOP.
Except for Sen. Marco Rubio, every one of the big-name Republican figures polled (including former FL Gov. Jeb Bush) is viewed negatively. About 27 percent view Rubio favorably while 15 percent view him unfavorably. That means Rubio's favorability index is 12. Bush is -4. Paul Ryan: -2 (an inside-the-error-margin amount).
But a full 57 percent don't know enough about Rubio. Expect that to change as 2016 draws nigh (and, yeah to call it early is an understatement).
Rubio gives the GOP State of the Union rebuttal on Tuesday. Republicans (and Time magazine) view him as their savior when it comes to immigration in the short-term and, perhaps, Hispanic voters in the long term.
Democrats won't t just sit by. They're going to start trashing him (just watch MSNBC).
Republicans are trying to negatively define former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, who was in office during the 9/11/12 Benghazi attacks in Libya and the rise of militant Islam in North Africa.
So far, the GOP attack machine hasn't worked; 61 percent viewing her favorably and 34 percent unfavorably. The 27 favorability index is the highest in the poll. The others in the black are all Democrats: Clinton's successor, John Kerry (at 10) and VIce President Joe Biden at 5.