Quinnipiac: Rubio Family's Story Had No Effect

Friday, 11 Nov 2011 08:26 AM

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Questions regarding tea party favorite Florida Sen. Marco Rubio's family have not hurt his approval among voters, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds.

Rubio, who was mired in questions last month about when and how his family emigrated from Cuba, receives a 49 percent to 29 percent rating, no change from the 49 percent to 31 percent thumbs up he received on September 21.

Rubio's Senate website had reported his parents came to America following Fidel Castro's 1959 takeover. Later, it was discovered they emigrated three years earlier making them economic, not political, exiles as Rubio had often told the media.

The Florida senator had said it made no difference since his parents could no longer live and work under a communist regime.

Rubio seems to have weathered the storm.

Another poll earlier this month conducted by Suffolk University/WSVN-Miami 7News found that while most voters (41 percent to 26 percent) believed he may have exaggerated his parents' story, he was still well liked in the state (41 percent to 31 percent).

The poll also found that Rubio would be a political asset on a Republican ticket as vice president. Forty-six percent said they would vote for any GOP-Rubio team as opposed to 41 percent for Obama-Biden.

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