Florida voters think their Republican Sen. Marco Rubio should stay in the Senate and not run for president, according to the results of a new poll.
The Mason-Dixon poll
found that just 15 percent of Florida voters think Rubio should launch a 2016 White House run, compared to the 57 percent that think he should run for reelection in the Senate next year.
In terms of political parties, 19 percent of Republicans and 15 percent of Democrats think Rubio should run for president. Sixty-eight percent of Republicans and 47 percent of Democrats feel he should pursue another term in the Senate.
Independent voters turned in similar results, with just 16 percent saying Rubio should run for president and 56 percent thinking he should shoot for the Senate again in 2016.
The poll also asked voters if former Gov. Jeb Bush should run for the White House next year, to which 42 percent said he should. Forty-three percent think he should not.
Republicans were the largest supporting group of Bush's potential presidential plans, with 59 percent saying he should run. Fifty percent of Independents and 23 percent of Democrats thought the same.
A report last week,
meanwhile, said some Republican "megadonors" prefer Rubio for president in next year's general election.
Rubio is one of several candidates
who could challenge for the GOP nomination. And, like many of them, Rubio has taken several trips abroad and boasts a healthy foreign policy resume.
Rubio, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said last month he believes foreign relations experience trumps having an executive background.
"You can’t have middle-class property if your national security is threatened," he said.
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