Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s name recognition is on the rise with increasing mention of him as a possible running mate for Mitt Romney. His favorables are up nationally, especially among independent voters, according to a recent Rasmussen poll.
Forty-two percent of Likely U.S. Voters now share a favorable view of the first-term Republican senator, while 31 percent view him unfavorably. Twenty-eight percent are undecided. This compares to favorables of 35 percent and unfavorables of 28 percent in early April, with 37 percent undecided.
The new findings include 22 percent with a Very Favorable opinion of Rubio and 11 percent with a Very Unfavorable one.
Rubio, a Cuban-American, is viewed by many as someone who can help Republicans tap the nation’s growing Hispanic vote. Two other prominent Hispanic Republicans have even further to go than Portman. This is the first time Rasmussen Reports has asked voters nationally about either one.
Unchanged from the previous survey are the 62 percent of Republicans who regard him favorably. Just 18 percent of Democrats now have a favorable opinion of Rubio, but that’s up from 11 percent in April. But perhaps most tellingly, he is viewed favorably by 43 percent of voters not affiliated with either major party, a 13-point increase from 30 percent two months ago. His unfavorables among these voters are essentially the same at 26 percent.
Sizable numbers of GOP voters (22 percent), Democrats (32 percent), and unaffiliateds (29 percent) still don’t know enough about Rubio to voice any kind of opinion of him.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s seven-point win in a special recall election earlier this month has prompted some to throw his name into the ring as a potential vice presidential candidate. Thirty-seven percent of voters nationally view him favorably, while 30 percent have an unfavorable opinion of the first-term governor. This includes 20 percent with a Very Favorable view and 17 percent with a Very Unfavorable one. But 33 percent have no opinion of him.
Walker is especially popular among conservative voters and unpopular among liberals because of his successful move to strip some collective bargaining rights from public employee unions to help cut his state’s budget deficit. Not surprisingly, 57 percent of Republicans view Walker favorably, compared to just 13 percent of Democrats. Among unaffiliated voters, he earns favorables of 38 percent and unfavorables of 30 percent, with 32 percent undecided.
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 19-20, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points with a 95 percent level of confidence.