-PPP's newest Florida poll finds that voters in the state continue to be closely divided in their feelings about Marco Rubio. 43% approve of him to 45% who disapprove, numbers pretty similar to the 44/43 spread we found for him in March. Rubio has dropped over the longer term though- last September we found him with a 51/33 approval.
Floridians say they support a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants by a 48/35 margin. Nevertheless only 21% of voters in the state say they agree with Rubio's stance on immigration, compared to 41% who they disagree. His problem on that issue is that both voters who support a path to citizenship (23/41) and ones who are opposed to a path to citizenship (19/51) both say that they disagree with Rubio on immigration. So basically he's not pleasing either side on the issue.
Rubio holds narrow leads in a pair of hypothetical reelection match ups, up 45/42 on Alex Sink and 46/43 on Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Republicans would certainly be better off with him running again than they would with Allen West though, who indicated last week that he would be interested in a 2016 Senate bid. West trails Sink 44/38 and Wasserman Schultz 44/40 in head to heads.
-A medical marijuana initiative that could be on the ballot next year has overwhelming support with Floridians- 62% say they would support it to only 26% who are opposed. There is a bipartisan consensus on the issue with independents (74/17) and Democrats (68/20) supporting it overwhelmingly and even Republicans (46/41) doing so by a narrow margin.
-Reflecting the unhappiness we're seeing with Congressional Republicans nationally, Democrats have opened up a 6 point lead on the generic House ballot in Florida at 48/42. They have a 10 point advantage with independents at 41/31, and 11% of Republicans say they'd vote Democratic if there was an election today compared to 9% of Democrats who say they'd support the GOP.
-Florida voters don't like George Zimmerman, giving him a 20/47 favorability rating. But they also agree with the verdict in his trial with 47% saying it was right for him to be found not guilty, compared to 37% who think he should have been convicted. Even with his continued bad press in the aftermath of the trial Republican voters express a favorable opinion of Zimmerman (30/24) while Democrats (11/67) and independents (24/41) strongly dislike him.
-It's sad times for the Jaguars when it comes to Florida's favorite NFL team. The Dolphins lead the way at 21% followed by the Bucs at 15%, and the Patriots at 7%. The Jags can only manage a tie for 4th at 6% with the Packers and Cowboys, followed by the Giants at 5%, Falcons at 4%, and Jets at 3%. When we polled Florida in 2011 the Jaguars had 14% support.
-Florida and Florida State are closely matched when it comes to the state's college sports loyalties with the Gators edging the Seminoles 24/22. Miami is third at 12%, followed by Central Florida with 9%, and South Florida, Florida Atlantic, and Florida International all registering at 2%.That's a pretty big drop for USF from 2011 when we found them at 8% statewide support, while everyone else is within a couple points of where they were then.
All of the state's major football coaches poll well with their school fan bases. Noles coach Jimbo Fisher has the best net approval with his fan base at 56/1, and Miami's Al Golden gets a 58/13 spread. Gators coach Will Muschamp is less popular at 46/14, but that's still up a good deal from 24/28 the first time we polled on him towards the end of his first season. He's won some people over since then.
Full results here