For the first time since he's taken office, Senator Marco Rubio's approval ratings among Floridians are now dipping underwater. A new Public Policy Polling poll finds that more Floridians disapprove of Marco Rubio's job performance than approve.
According to the poll, 43 percent approve of Rubio's job handling compared to 45 percent who disapprove. That's still within the margin of error, but this is the first poll that's shown Rubio approval ratings dipping underwater. The poll, it should be noted, was conducted before the government shut down, something Rubio supports.
Back in September 2012, Rubio's approval split was 51/33. Seems like some of the shine is rubbing off from the golden boy.
In comparison, Democratic Senator Bill Nelson's approval split is 41/38.
The poll also finds that Rubio could be in trouble in 2016. In a hypothetical matchup between Rubio and former Democratic governor candidate Alex Sink, Rubio barely squeaks by at 45 to 42. (Of course, there's no indication Sink is thinking about running for Senate in 2016.)
In a matchup between Rubio and DNC chief Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Rubio again has a narrow 46/43 victory.
Thirty-seven percent of Floridians say Rubio is "too conservative," but 42 percent say his ideology is "about right."
Forty-one percent disapprove of Rubio's stance on immigration, while only 21 percent approve.
Rubio has also lost his hold on moderate. Fifty-town percent disapprove of his job handling, but even has some problems in his own base. Twenty-four percent of those who are "somewhat conservative" also disapprove.