"A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 36 percent of likely voters view Florida Senator Marco Rubio favorably," according to Rasmussen, "including 16 percent who view him very favorably. Thirty-two percent share an unfavorable opinion of the senator, including 12 percent with a very unfavorable one. Another 32 percent are undecided."
While measuring the acceptability of potential 2016 presidential candidates may be a combination of premature and immature, the poll demonstrates a continuing problem the Republican Party has in finding a leader Americans are prepared to embrace during 2013 debates in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
Public opinion can shift dramatically over a short period of time, but the GOP has little time to develop a favorable image during this year’s expected confrontations over the federal budget, immigration reform and gun control, as well as how the party reacts if the U.S. Supreme Court issues a favorable ruling on same-sex marriage.
The impressions developed over the next few months will linger.
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