PPP's new Florida poll finds that a plurality of voters in the state think that both Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio should drop out.
Only 40% of voters in the state think Bush should keep running, compared to 47% who think he should drop out. And the numbers are similar for Rubio with just 42% believing he should continue on with his campaign to 48% who believe he should end it.
The lack of enthusiasm for Bush and Rubio's candidacies is reflected in the Republican primary numbers in the state. Donald Trump has a wide lead at 28% with Ben Carson second at 17%. Bush (13%) and Rubio (10%) can only achieve 3rd and 4th place standings in their home state. Ted Cruz at 9%, Carly Fiorina at 7%, and John Kasich at 5% round out the candidates with any meaningful level of support.
Beyond that group Mike Huckabee's at 3%, Chris Christie and Scott Walker at 2%, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum at 1%, and Jim Gilmore, Lindsey Graham, George Pataki, and Rand Paul are all at less than 1%.
Bush's position with the GOP electorate in Florida is so weak that he even trails Trump 55/38 when the two are matched up head to head. Trump's 56/35 favorability rating comes in a tick ahead of Bush's 55/36 favorability. When we polled the state earlier this year Bush led the Republican field at 25%, and boasted a 66/24 rating.
The news is not quite as dim for Rubio. His 73/20 favorability makes him the most broadly liked of the Republicans in the state, and he edges out Trump 49/46 if voters had to pick just between the two of them. His support has declined from earlier this year too, but only by 5 points from its previous 15% standing as opposed to Bush's 12 point descent.