Poll: Paul more favorable than Rubio among Republicans
April 12th, 2013
11:39 AM ET
2 years ago

Poll: Paul more favorable than Rubio among Republicans

(CNN) – Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio–both elected in 2010–have been at the center of much hype in the political arena this year as they've taken on high-profile roles and are considered potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Rubio and Paul delivered the GOP and tea party responses, respectively, to the State of the Union in February and gave speeches at last month's major gathering for conservatives known as CPAC.

And a new poll released Friday indicates that Paul has a slightly higher favorability rating among Republicans and independents, as well as higher name recognition, than Rubio.

According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, Paul, who was elected with strong tea party support in Kentucky, comes in at 53% among Republicans, and 32% among independents.

Rubio's favorable rating among Republicans, meanwhile, is 48%. Among independents, the Florida senator is at 27%.

The numbers fall mostly in line with a CNN/ORC International poll conducted last month, when 53% of Republicans had a positive opinion of Paul, though slightly more–54%–felt the same about Rubio at the time.

And while Rubio was a top surrogate for GOP nominee Mitt Romney and a contender to be his running mate, Paul still has higher ratings among Romney voters than Rubio, 62%-56%, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Twenty-eight percent of American adults said they didn't know Paul, compared to 38% who didn't know Rubio.

Paul elevated his profile last month when he delivered a nearly-13 hour talking filibuster on the Senate floor over the president's drone policy. Rubio also showed up to the filibuster, but Paul walked away with strong publicity and a story that landed him in the headlines for three days.

Rubio, meanwhile, had his big moment when he delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address. He's also been at the forefront of GOP efforts for immigration reform.

While the two senators remain competitive, NBC News/Wall Street Journal have measured favorability ratings for other potential 2016 candidates in recent months. In December, the poll showed the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan had the highest ratings among Republicans at 62%, thanks in large part to his high profile role as Romney's running mate.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was viewed favorably by 39% of Republicans in February.

On the Democratic side, 88% of Democrats have a favorable opinion of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the new poll. The same survey conducted in January showed 70% feel the same about Vice President Joe Biden.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, 1000 adults were interviewed by phone between April 5 and April 8. The sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Bill

    Have at it. Neither one will become president in 2016.

    April 12, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. B.

    Great, that is a sure win for the Democrats. The Republicans just don’t get it and that will keep them Out of the White House for good!

    April 12, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    Neither of these clowns stands a chance against ANY democratic candidate. The only viable candidate they have is turning into a pariah because he had not only the nerve to speak to president Obama but the treasonous activity to actually praise him

    April 12, 2013 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    For the past five (or so) years, real America was in agreement that GOPerville candidate [ fill in the blank ] would never become President of the United States. Indeed, such agreement was posted ad nauseam on this very web page day after day.

    Apparently in GOPerville, the candidate who will never become President of the United States ALWAYS seems to take top billing.

    Until election day.

    So, to once again carry that narrative forward ... Mr. Rand Paul ... AND ... Mr. Marco Rubio will never become President of the United States.

    April 12, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  5. truth hurts but reality bites

    Why not a ticket with BOTH of them on it? Two guys with solutions, as opposed to to the two we have now that don't know what they are doing, and one is old and senile.

    April 12, 2013 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  6. nothing new here

    Rand Paul would stand a better chance of election, if, he would ditch the social issues and focus on individual liberties.
    Personally, I think Democrats will be staying in the White House for awhile. The GOP has alienated too many people already.

    April 12, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  7. freedom

    They're intelligent, principled, and have guts – and we're proud to have them on our team! Too soon to worry about 2016 – but the momentum they have will surely help with 2014.

    April 12, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  8. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    Republicans, if you would have listened to Ann Coulter's advice that she gave ya'll at CPAC, maybe you guys wouldn't be in the predicament you're in. And it looks like you're going down the same path again. Enjoy your time in oblivion.

    April 12, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  9. Wake up People!

    Too funny. Neither is qualified and neither will be POTUS. I don't know which one brings a bigger smile to my face......

    Rubio..... Hoping the Latinos jump on his bandwagon, but forgetting just how many in his party hate brown people.

    Or....

    Paul...... Mr. I would have voted against civil rights if I had been around back then. Mr. Any business owner should be allowed to serve whomever they choose to and refuse service to those that he doesn't want to.

    Either way 2016 is shaping up to be as hilarious as 2012!!

    April 12, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  10. Bill

    @truth hurts but reality bites

    A ticket with Rubio and Paul would be a dream ticket for the democrats. Your comment shows exactly why the GOP is in the political wilderness.

    April 12, 2013 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  11. Donna

    Yes, two young intelligent guys that will take the real problems on without dividing the country and pitting neighbor against neighbor like the Democrats do. The American people are tired of the hate and divisiveness that the Democrat Party spwes and thrives on. America used to be a melting pot but the Democrats have done their best to destroy that concept with the race and class based politics.

    April 12, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. ST

    I have to laugh loudly. If this is what republicans have to put forward, I have to sit down every weekend and enjoy my glass of wine in my balcony. With all the people from GOP side, do they think in their right mind Rand Paul or Rubio can lead the greatest nation on earth?? Really folks??? We are in for matching backwards.

    April 12, 2013 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  13. Romney is Still NOT My Hero

    Bland Paul and Closeted Rubio have no chance of winning. Can't the GOPers find someone with at least a little intelligence to run? This line up is going to be as sad/bad as the last one. I almost feel sorry for them.

    April 12, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- TAKE BACK THE HOUSE

    Yes, two young intelligent guys that will take the real problems on without dividing the country and pitting neighbor against neighbor like the Democrats do. The American people are tired of the hate and divisiveness that the Democrat Party spwes and thrives on.
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    Spoken like someone truly oblivious of facts. Spewing hate are we? Nothing personifies hate speech more than you right wing nuts. I don't know what you consider "Food Stamp President, UnAmerican, Birtherism, Socialist, You Lie, 47%." IOKIYAR to spew hate.

    April 12, 2013 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  15. MaryM

    The ONLY republican that has a chance at the White House is Gov Christi. But the republicans wont nominate him.

    April 12, 2013 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  16. Name Uche Agonsi

    These political political 'twins' break my heart with their love for the letter 'R'....( Rand, Rubio)...moreso, when in ' R' party.... I wish them political ' R-in-peace' in their presidential bid.

    April 12, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  17. plain&simple

    When democrats bring the hate and divisive behavior to light that a lot of republicans/tea party activists have been spewing for 30 years. They are called hateful and divisive??? Maybe now that Obamacare is the law of the land they can now get the help they need. Hell I'm happy to help pay for it.

    April 12, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. ST

    @To my opinionated Donna
    Do you think these two guys are more intelligent than Mitt Romney who spent more than 6 years preparing himself and still he lost!!If you do, can we , me and you bet on something if one of them will win. I am ready for it. Are you?

    April 12, 2013 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. scarf

    So much for GOP outreach........

    April 12, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. ED FL

    The Cuban crook has not stated what happened to all the money he questionably used /didn't account for when he was speaker of the Florida house. He will be gone during the next election cycle he has to run in . Their isn't enough Cuban family votes to keep him in the Senate and he sure can't get many outside of the Miami voters.BYE BYEMarco!!!!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2013 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  21. just sayin

    in 2016 election republicans better be prepared to run the same sort of campaign obama and his lefties ran. do not hold back, go for the throat, all out character assassination. you have already seen the left illegally recording republicans. that is only a glimpse of the depths to which they will go. be prepared, fight back using the same tactics and take no prisoners. no more mr. nice guy.

    April 12, 2013 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  22. mike0404

    The only one mentioned in this article who stands a chance of being elected President in 2016 is Christie. Now, if we are talking about chief clown, Paul and Rubio are in a tight race.

    April 12, 2013 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  23. Mark in Seattle

    .......and neither were favorable to people with a brain.

    April 12, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  24. Homer Simpson

    Donna,guest, and whatever other names your using today, time for new names, it does not take long to figure out your blog names, that kind of crazy just dont happen everyday, you sir, are pathetic

    April 12, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. scarf

    just sayin

    in 2016 election republicans better be prepared to run the same sort of campaign obama and his lefties ran. do not hold back, go for the throat, all out character assassination. you have already seen the left illegally recording republicans. that is only a glimpse of the depths to which they will go. be prepared, fight back using the same tactics and take no prisoners. no more mr. nice guy.
    ============================================================================================

    Like gerrymandering the House of Representatives IS Mr. Nice Guy.

    April 12, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
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