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Independents Don’t Like Any GOP Candidate, Warm to Hillary: New Poll

Quinnipiac, 6/12-6/16
Iowa Independents Favorables

  • Clinton: 52 favorable – 39 unfavorable
  • Huckabee: 35-31
  • Ryan: 33-29
  • Paul: 30-28
  • Christie: 30-34
  • Bush: 22-35

We all know that Democrats vote for Democrats and Republicans vote for Republicans so most general elections come down to the independent voters. If the independent vote decides the 2016 election, the Republicans are in big trouble according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

The poll, conducted between June 12 and June 16, sampling 1,277 registered Iowa voters, found that Hillary Clinton has a favorable rating of 52 among independent voters while not a single Republican candidate owns a favorable rating over 35 percent.

Among independent voters, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton owns a 52 percent favorable rating and a 39 percent unfavorable rating, good for a 13-point differential. That is right around what a March Quinnipiac poll showed when Clinton scored a 50 favorable-40 unfavorable.

For the Republican side, things aren’t so rosy.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee owns the highest favorable rate among independent voters with just 35 percent saying they have a favorable view of the Fox News host. Just 31 percent they had an unfavorable view of the 2008 candidate, so at least he is still at +4.

Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan scored a 33 percent favorable rate among independents but just a 29 percent unfavorable so a lot of voters either have no opinion on the 2012 Vice Presidential candidate or don’t know enough to form an opinion yet.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul owns a 30 percent favorable rate among independents and a 28 percent unfavorable for a reasonable +2.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, however, once hailed as a moderate who could bring more general election voters into the GOP tent, only has a 30 percent favorability among independents while 34 percent have an unfavorable view of the scandal-stricken guv.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, also considered a moderate who could appeal to more voters, actually performed the worst, scoring just a 22 percent favorable rating while 35 percent of independents said they have an unfavorable view of the younger Bush brother.

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