Poll: 56% of GOP Voters Could See Themselves Supporting Rubio
It appears that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) may be building momentum for a possible 2016 presidential run, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll.
In the poll, Rubio led the pack of potential Republican candidates with 56 percent of registered GOP primary voters saying that they could see themselves voting for him.
Several other candidates weren't very far behind. Scott Walker got 53 percent, Mike Huckabee 52 percent and both Jeb Bush and Rand Paul 49 percent.
Ed Rollins and Joe Trippi joined Martha MacCallum on "America's Newsroom" to react to the poll results.
Rollins noted that it's a small sample size of only 229 people. He added that the wording is significant, as it's not asking "who are you voting for," but instead "could you see yourself supporting" a candidate.
"I think Rubio's a great candidate. I don't think he's perceived as a front-runner yet, but he certainly has had a couple good weeks, as some of the others have too," Rollins said. "So I think at this point, it's a long ways before people say, 'That's my candidate. I'm going to go out and support him, I'm going to raise money for him.'"
Trippi pointed out that Chris Christie, on the other hand, had 57 percent of those polled answer that they would not support him in 2016.
"One of the things you look at, particularly this early on, is if people won't consider you. That's going to be a problem," Trippi said.
Only Donald Trump fared worse than Christie among the 14 possible candidates, with 74 percent of people saying that they would not support him.
Rollins asserted that Rubio is very much the opposite and has "caught fire" recently with his message and strong communication skills.
"He's young, he's sharp, he's articulate ... I think you're going to see him as a serious candidate."
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