Debbie Wasserman Schultz Struggling in New Poll Against Marco Rubio and Allen West

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: June 10, 2014 1:15 PM
Marco Rubio, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Allen West

Marco Rubio, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Allen West

A new poll shows a nationally prominent Democrat starts off with major challenges if she chooses to run for the U.S. Senate in 2016.

Despite being the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the new poll shows U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., in poor shape if she runs for the Senate in 2016, either against the current incumbent or against a former congressman affiliated with the tea party movement.

A poll from Dem-affiliated Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., beating Wasserman Schultz 48 percent to 40 percent in a possible 2016 matchup. If Rubio opts not to run for a second term, Wasserman Schultz still trails another Republican -- former U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., who edges her 41 percent to 40 percent.

Rubio has said he is open to running for a second term but has also said he will not look to stay in the Senate if he runs for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. The poll finds Rubio’s performance in the Senate has won the approval of 45 percent of Florida voters while 40 percent disapprove of it.

Despite her national profile, Wasserman Schultz is upside down in the poll with only 27 percent seeing her in a favorable light while 32 percent view her as unfavorable. West, who served one term in Congress before losing to U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., is seen as favorable by 31 percent and unfavorable by 25 percent. West has expressed interest in running for the Senate in 2016 if Rubio doesn’t.

The poll shows President Barack Obama is under water in Florida despite carrying the state twice. The poll finds a majority of those surveyed -- 53 percent -- disapprove of Obama. Only 41 percent approve of Obama.

The poll finds U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., currently serving in his third term, in much better shape than fellow Democrats Obama and Wasserman Schultz. While 39 percent approve of his job, 32 percent disapprove of Nelson.

The poll of 672 Florida voters was taken from June 6-9 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.8 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (9)

Carl Hagensen
10:25PM JUN 11TH 2014
I think Col. West needs to run for the Senate in 2016, even if RINO (Gang of 8) Rubio decides to continue on in the senate........ We MUST clean house of all incumbents who do not vote the will of the majority!!!
8:35PM JUN 11TH 2014
If What's-her-name Schultz runs against West, she must be a racist. (She said so in rather veiled terms, questioning why anyone would oppose Barack Obama.)

I think Medusa has bigger problems than her execrable record. Good thing for her she's from the land of butterfly ballots. Probably the only way she got elected, having morons such as her constituents doing the voting. Hell, they probably voted for the bookmark.
2:17PM JUN 11TH 2014
672 is the amount of people in my townhouse complex, not a very good poll to report on. Now, do like major outlets do and poll 30,000 and I will trust the results. But the Dems can kiss most the elections good-bye.
11:03AM JUN 11TH 2014
I can think of nothing better than that woman be un-elected. Debbie is
blabbing her big mouth about decent Americans (tea party and conservatives) wanting to
see our borders closed to all illegal immigration. C/O Arizona.
Over whelm the system.Good by Eric and may more follow you out of DC
Denver Kitty
10:50AM JUN 11TH 2014
Get that ugly biotch out of politics altogether!
10:43AM JUN 11TH 2014
Run, Debbie, run!!!!!!
9:54AM JUN 11TH 2014
I didn't know Obama was running again, so "What does it matter?"...DWS is a brainless twit. Bill Nelson is a G.D. empty suit with no backbone. Not sure who clipped his balls or when nor where they are displayed, but he ain't got any. I can't believe the straight-up, moral country folk of northern Florida keep electing this weasel. Rubio started out great, but we're concerned he may be another sell-out to the GOP/DNC machine. So we're keeping an eye on him. Allen West!! Semper-Fi!! Yes, Sir!! You got the ball brother, run with it!!
6:26AM JUN 11TH 2014
i am amazed that anyone supports her, she is just about the most offensive person in national politics. she never lets the truth get in the way of her comments
2:06PM JUN 10TH 2014
It had crossed my mind that Ms. Wasserman-Schultz adopted her rather unpopular position on marijuana reform as a "ploy" to see if she would pick up "conservatives" who might be unhappy with the trend toward reform in that area. If she did, these results suggest it's not working out.

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