The Latest Polls Have Good News For Marco Rubio

Two polls out Tuesday show the Florida senator is both well-liked and leading the GOP field.

National Journal

There's a lot of distaste to go around in the 2016 field. But according to a new survey, Marco Rubio is in a better spot than most.

In a Washington Post/ABC News poll out Tuesday, respondents are evenly split between American adults with favorable and unfavorable views of the Florida senator and presidential contender: 31 percent each.

Those numbers show him doing much better than fellow Floridian Jeb Bush, who has a nearly identical favorability rating—32 percent—but an unfavorability rating 20 points higher than Rubio, at 51 percent. Those high unfavorability numbers may stem in part from voters' views that he's running a dynastic (albeit unannounced) campaign: 4-in-10 respondents think Bush would follow the same policies of his father and brother, and a majority think that's a bad thing.

Hillary Clinton, Republicans' likely opponent in the general election, isn't as haunted by her predecessors. Just 24 percent said they thought she'd generally follow the same policies as her husband, Bill, and 34 percent said she'd continue President Obama's agenda.

Though a majority of voters may view Clinton as her own person, another poll out Tuesday suggests they don't care for what they see. According to the CNN/ORC poll, the Democratic front-runner earned her highest favorability rating in 14 years, at 50 percent.

Rubio, however, continues his good fortune in that poll, leading the GOP field at 14 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Bush is at 13 percent, followed by Mike Huckabee and Scott Walker, who have 10 percent each. The margin of error for that question is 4.5 percentage points.

The CNN poll was conducted by phone among 1,025 adults from May 29 to May 31. The Washington Post poll of 1,001 adults was conducted from May 28 May 31, with a 3.5 point margin of error overall.