The public’s view of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is mixed, according to a new poll conducted in the days after the Florida senator delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.
A Pew Research Center poll released today shows 26 percent of those polled viewed Rubio favorably, while 29 percent held an unfavorable opinion of the Florida senator. Forty-six percent said they were unable to offer a rating for Rubio.
Rubio, 41, garnered a higher favorability rating – 49 percent – from those who identified as Republican, while GOPers who align themselves with the Tea Party gave him a much higher favorability rating: 70 percent.
The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, days after the Feb. 12 State of the Union.
Rubio has gained plenty of attention since his response to the address, in large part because of the sip of water he took mid-speech. While he has served as fodder for the late-night comedy circuit, Rubio was able to turn the mishap into a financial boon, raising $160,000 by selling more than 5,000 Rubio water bottles through his PAC, Reclaim America, in just one week, a source close to Rubio said.
The Florida senator, who many consider to have presidential ambitions for 2016, has also played a large role in the Senate’s push for immigration overhaul. Over the weekend, Rubio described Obama’s leaked draft on immigration overhaul as “dead on arrival.”
Rubio recently criticized the White House for not reaching out to him to discuss immigration, but the president called Rubio and other Republican senators who are working on an immigration plan Tuesday.