According to a newly released Gallup poll, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the most-favored Republican recent newsmaker and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is the least-favored–among Democratic respondents.
The poll sought to measure the favorable/unfavorable sentiments toward five Republicans Gallup believes may run for president in 2016.
Conducted June 1-4. the survey asked: [P]lease say if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of these people–or if you have never heard of them.” It then listed New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.
Among Democrats, Christie had the most favorable responses. Fifty-four percent of Democrats said they had a favorable view of Christie, compared to 21 percent who had a favorable view of Rubio, 17 percent who had a favorable view of Ryan, 16 percent who had a favorable view of Paul, and 11 percent who had a favorable view of Cruz.
Paul Ryan had the most favorable responses among Republicans, 69 percent of whom said they viewed him favorably. Rubio was second among Republicans, with 58 percent viewing him favorably, then Paul with 56 percent, Christie with 53 percent and Cruz with 40 percent.
Christie had the most favorable responses among all respondents, with 52 percent. Ryan was second among all respondents with 40 percent, then Rubio with 37 percent, then Paul with 34 percent, then Cruz with 24 percent.
Christie also had the highest percentage of unfavorable responses among Republicans. Twenty-five percent of Republicans said they had an unfavorable view of Christie, compared to 13 percent who said they had an unfavorable view of Paul, 12 percent who said they had an unfavorable view of Ryan, 11 percent who said they had an unfavorable view of Rubio, and 8 percent who said they had an unfavorable view of Cruz.
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