Marco Rubio's approval ratings continue to decline; may not be much help in Florida as VP choice

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Public Policy Polling: Marco Rubio’s poll numbers have declined every time PPP’s polled Florida this year and voters are now evenly divided on him with 40% approving and 40% disapproving. He began 2011 with a +12 approval spread at 43/31. Here’s how Rubio’s numbers have moved as his first year in the Senate has progressed:

Month Approval Spread
March 43/31 +12
June 42/35 +7
September 44/39 +5
November 40/40 0

There’s not much evidence Rubio would be a game changer as Republican Vice Presidential pick next year either. Only 24% of Floridians say they’d be more likely to vote for the GOP ticket if Rubio was on it, compared to 41% who say that would actually make them less inclined to vote Republican. The numbers with independents are similar to the overall ones at 22/38.

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