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Public’s View of Marco Rubio Mixed, Poll Shows

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The public’s view of Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is mixed, according to a new poll conducted in the days after the Florida senator delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address.

A Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday shows 26 percent of those polled viewed Rubio favorably, while 29 percent held an unfavorable opinion of the Florida senator. Forty-six percent said they were unable to offer a rating for Rubio.

Rubio, 41, garnered a higher favorability rating -- 49 percent -- from those who identified as Republican, while GOPers who align themselves with the Tea Party gave him a much higher favorability rating: 70 percent.

The poll was conducted Thursday through Sunday, days after the State of the Union address delivered on Feb. 12.

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