Nearly half of Florida voters believe Marco Rubio should run for re-election in 2016.
According to a new Mason-Dixon survey, 49 percent of Florida voters said Rubio should run for re-election. The survey found 39 percent said he shouldn’t run again; while 12 percent said they weren’t sure.
The survey’s findings — which were first reported by POLITICO Florida — come as Republican leaders continue to push Rubio to run for re-election. Last week, Senate Majority Mitch McConnell told MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Republicans were trying to draft him to run again. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has also strongly encouraged him to run, and at least one U.S. Senate hopeful thinks Rubio might just throw his hat in the race.
The Mason-Dixon poll shows 77 percent of Republicans think Rubio should run again; while 62 percent of Democrats said he shouldn’t. More than half (53 percent) of men and 46 percent of women supported Rubio getting back in the race.
The survey also found he had strong support in many regions of the state. In Southwest Florida, 59 percent of respondents said he should run for re-election; while 53 percent of North Florida agreed he should again.
In southeast Florida, 41 percent said they thought Rubio should get back in the race; while 45 percent said he shouldn’t.
Rubio has said on several occasions that he doesn’t plan to run for re-election.
Five Republicans — Ron DeSantis, David Jolly, Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Carlos Beruff, and Todd Wilcox — will face off in the Aug. 30 primary.
The poll of 625 registered voters was conducted from May 31 through June 2. All of the respondents indicated they were likely to vote in the November election. The margin of error is 4 perent.