[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Polling numbers are beginning to come in for GOP primary candidates, both declared and not, for the historically important New Hampshire primary, the first primary election held in the United States following the Iowa Caucuses.
[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]A new poll from Pubic Policy Polling (PPP), which leans left, places Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Texas Senator Ted Cruz at the top of a crowded GOP field, with 24% choosing Walker and 14% for Cruz. Cruz was the first declared Republican candidate, while Walker has yet to declare.
Rand Paul placed third among voters polled, followed by Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Ben Carson and Rick Perry.
Walker — 24%
Cruz — 14%
Paul — 12%
Bush — 10%
Rubio — 8%
Christie — 8%
Huckabee — 7%
Carson — 7%
Perry — 4%
In a sign of weakness, scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton, who Democrats have all but coronated to be their nominee, gets less than half of Democrat support, at 45%. First-term Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Marxist who has repeatedly promised that she will definitely not seek the presidency, garners 23% of support.
Former Senator Bernie Sanders, an admitted anti-American socialist, gets 12% of Dem support, while Joe Biden, the current vice president, riding on Barack Obama’s failed coattails, receives a smallish 7%.
Scott Walker had the highest likability numbers, with 57% of voters having a favorable opinion and only 13% with a negative one. Fifty-four percent had a favorable opinion of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (25% negative), while Cruz’s numbers were 50% favorable and 26% unfavorable.
The potential GOP candidates with the worst favorability ratings were Christie, Bush and Perry.
Among those Republicans considered members of the pro-liberty, pro-Constitution Tea Party movement, Walker, Cruz and Paul lead in favorabilty by wide margins, with Walker at 78%, Cruz at 73%, and Paul at 71%. Rick Perry also scored well in favorability among Tea Party members with a 63% favorability rating.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]