Poll: Marco Rubio Is Republicans' Favorite for 2016 Prez Run, Jeb Bush Second

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So, just in case Mitt Romney fails to deliver, Public Policy Polling decided to jump way ahead of things and conducted a poll asking Republican voters who they'd like to see as their candidate in 2016. Surprisingly, two politicians from Florida took the top two spots: Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush. Rubio has a slight lead in the speculatively crowded field, but support for Bush illustrates a sharp ideological divide in the GOP.

Here's the results from PPP:

  • Marco Rubio - 24%
  • Jeb Bush - 22%
  • Condoleeza Rica - 12%
  • Mike Huckabee - 10%
  • Chris Christie - 10%
  • Paul Ryan - 10%
  • Rand Paul - 4%
  • Sarah Palin - 3%
  • Rick Santorum - 1%

Although Bush has been something of a political mentor to Marco Rubio, the two attract support from two very different parts of the party.

Thirty-four percent of Tea Partiers prefer Rubio, while only 18 percent like Bush; 29 percent of Evangelicals like Rubio; 17 percent prefer Jebbers.

In contrast, 24 percent of moderates prefer Bush, while only 16 percent prefer Rubio. Of "somewhat conservative" Republicans, 27 percent like Bush best, while 21 percent prefer Rubio.

In the most surprising result, 29 percent of Hispanic Republicans prefer Jeb Bush, while only 16 percent prefer Rubio. Identity politics apparently only go so far, and perhaps because Bush's more moderate stance on immigration helps his appeal in the demographic. In fact, Bush leads the pack among all minority voters. Rubio leads among whites.

That would indicate to some degree that perhaps Bush may be a better candidate heading into a general election. The far right reaches of the party certainly don't hate him (even as he's occasionally criticized them on fear mongering and immigration), but he's just not their favorite.

Either way, the poll shows the Republicans have a deep bench, even if that bench is mostly, and sort of oddly, Florida-based.

Democrats meanwhile overwhelming want Hillary Clinton to run in 2016 at 67 percent. She's said she won't run, and if anything it shows that the Democrats haven't developed much a post-Obama bench. If Clinton doesn't run, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo would be the early favorite with 31 percent.

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drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

“rivera has been accused of misusing campaign donations for personal use, and Rubio has largely admitted to having done the same thing. Indeed, the far-right senator was about using a Republican Party credit card to purchase personal items. Rubio conceded it "looks bad," and acknowledged, "I shouldn't have done it that way." It's worth noting that we're not talking about minor purchases -- Rubio billed the state GOP for more than $100,000 during his two-year tenure as Florida's House speaker, including repairs to his family minivan. marco rubio and david rivera the two con men also co-owned a house together, a house that went into foreclosure

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver? A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans Cubans have enjoyed a status not accorded to any other immigrant group over time. In this work,Illegal Immigrants from Cuba: Preferential Treatment Of course no republican will say anything about this as most cubans tend to vote republican

hicknhixville
hicknhixville

The Crown Prince John Ellis Bush will be the Party of Bush nominee in 2016.  The only undecided question is whether Hillary can stop him from destroying the United States by becoming President.  The Bushes are hellbent on a third chance at finishing off the country, and they will stop at nothing to get it, and they resolutely believe four more years of Obama can give it to them.

 

Rubio, like Obama, was born in the USA, BTW.  His parents came over from Cuba  before he was born (though how and when have been misrepresented by Rubio) .  Rubio will never be the POB nominee though, and the "tea party" will be made to love the "first Hispanic" POB (Party of Bush) nominee, Juan Arbusto.

prsmith
prsmith

Why did PPP list Rubio in their poll?  Rubio is not a natural born citizen and is, therefore, ineligible to be POTUS.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

A Cuban on the ballot means nothing to the general population of the Hispanic community. Most Latin Americans don't like Cubans

 

The same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

 

 

Marco Rubio Really Admires Dead Ra cist Jesse Helms. So, Marco Rubio is going around calling America "weakened." He blames it on Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

 

 Marco Rubio born to Cuban exiles? Not true, after all."Marco Rubio Lied About His Cuban Exile Immigrant Background"

 

as House speaker when he spent nearly $400,000 on office renovations. Rubio's 2010 senate campaign was fined $8,000 by the Federal Elections Committee for receiving "prohibited, excessive and other impermissible contributions totaling $210,173.09." Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show. One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals." Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee. Rubio's wife, former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jeanette Dousdebes, served as the committee's treasurer. In reports filed with the state, Rubio and his wife failed to disclose more than $34,000 in expenses over an 18-month period. Marco Rubio was facing foreclosure on a Tallahassee house after missing five months of mortgage payments, according to a lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court. Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?

Kenasha
Kenasha

@Ahki1804 Welp there it goes!

jodmentum
jodmentum

@MiamiNewTimes Jeb Bush? Will they hide George Jr in a cabin in the woods for the whole campaign?

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 @hicknhixville Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship? Nah - he's republican and a teaBAGGER The birthers never said a peep about Panama John McCain's birth certificate,many Republicans want to consider amending or is repealing the 14th amendment to make sure anchor babies do not get citizenship. I wonder whether some Republicans silently resent him. Marco rubio

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

 @prsmith People are sick of the Bush family brand and the world is moving away from them. This is the kind of republican that makes the party undesirable

Ahki1804
Ahki1804

@Kenasha i told u lol i know what i be talking bout...sometimes

Kenasha
Kenasha

@Ahki1804 LMBO!! Lol

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