Florida voters give Sen. Marco Rubio’s bad reviews for his mixed signals on immigration, don’t like his opposition to requiring background checks for gun buyers and both of those positions haven’t done much to win over voters in a 2016 match-up against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.
Despite that showing, Florida’s junior senator still gets a 51-35 percent job approval rating, little changed from his 48-33 percent approval by a March 20 poll from the independent Quinnipiac University.
Rubio’s numbers show that as the nation’s best-known Hispanic-American politician, he “has a tightrope to walk between keeping the folks back home happy and serving as a high-profile symbol for the GOP nationally,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute in a statement.
“A mark of an able politician is one who can keep his support among the electorate even when that politician follows his own path rather than the public’s preference on a high-profile issue like immigration or gun control,” he said.