ABC/WaPo poll: Americans have a negative view of Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio as VP candidates

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Jeb Bush … draw(s) more negative than positive reviews as a potential Republican vice presidential nominee, with challenges for Bush among moderates and swing-voting independents.

Another potential candidate, Marco Rubio, fares better in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, albeit with just a split decision as Mitt Romney’s 2012 running mate. Rubio receives more positive than negative responses among his fellow Hispanics, though with a third undecided.

Americans by 45-36 percent express an unfavorable rather than favorable opinion of Bush, the former Florida governor, for the slot, … It’s a closer 32-29 percent on Rubio.

This poll, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, finds room to move, especially for … Rubio: … 39 percent has no opinion of them. That declines to 19 percent for Bush, better known through his governorship from 1999-2007 and his father’s and brother’s presidencies.

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