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Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush Drop in Latest 2016 GOP Poll

YouGov/Economist, 12/14-12/16

  • Christie: 18
  • Paul: 13
  • Huckabee: 13
  • Ryan: 11
  • Cruz: 7
  • Bush: 7
  • Walker: 7
  • Rubio: 6

With many Republican voters opting for alternative candidates to the current “mainstream GOP pack,” a new YouGov/Economist poll shows that four candidates, Chris Christie, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, and Mike Huckabee, are still at double-digit support while every other candidate, including Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Scott Walker, has fallen significantly behind.

The poll, conducted between December 14 and December 16, sampling 274 adults, found that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie remains the Republican frontrunner to close out 2013 as 18 percent of respondents said he was their choice for the 2016 GOP nominee. In five polls taken in December, Christie finished first with 16-19 percent of the vote in each one.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who has seen his support wane in recent months, finished second with 13 percent of the vote. In three previous December polls, Paul was at 11-14 percent but had fallen behind candidates like Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee tied Paul in the poll with 13 percent of the vote. Huckabee has only recently been mentioned among likely 2016 GOP candidates and, with a Fox News show and a soon-to-be-launched news site called The Huckabee Post, has a great ability to reach voters without having to start a campaign.

Wisconsin Congressman and former Mitt Romney running mate Paul Ryan finished fourth in the poll with 11 percent, the only other candidate to garner double-digits in this latest survey. Ryan has been polling at 10-13 percent in all of the other December polls as well.

The poll couldn’t have been great news for Texas Senator Ted Cruz who, after garnering 12-14 percent in three previous December polls, found his support watered down by increasing Huckabee and Scott Walker support. Just 7 percent of respondents said they’d vote for Cruz, the same as former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who had been an early favorite to challenge the party’s elite, finished dead last with just 6 percent of the vote. Fifteen percent of respondents said they are undecided.

(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)

  • oldntrd

    There is no way Christi can be elected. He is the worst !

  • Chaz22

    Cristie is an embarrassment. Those are my feelings ; I try not to feel that way but I can’t stop it . People should make up their minds–first citizens ; Republican citizens, declare that any Conservative who doesn’ t act conservative enough is off their list ; forever to be rejected -he/she is a “RINO” . Most right-wingers resent a candidate who has cross-over ability and shows it , even thought it makes sense to be that way. THEN someone like Christy comes along; commits all those taboos, and is praised for it–it brings him closer to the first choice . Somebody please explain that to me. Sometimes I think our society shows signs of perversion .

  • TxWrstmkr

    I looked at the poll. Judging by the number of people who chose “I don’t know”, it seems to me that this poll is a bit skewed, and directed toward the uninformed voters. I would like to see the demographics on these polls. But we never do. Kinda like leaving out the fact that the stuck “tourist ship” in the Antarctic was actually a Global Warming/Climate Change troop ship.

  • JC Snow

    Where is Ben Carson?

  • Sayitaintsoy

    During hurricane Sandy, when Christie not only tgrvudd/thanked Obama, which is fine, but Slobbered all over him, I Lost All respect for Christie, as the election was within days or weeks, and a thank you would have suffice, not the butectomy which Christy preformed on Obama. It was like he couldn’t wait to shaft Romney. All this was under the guise of Rodney King’s “Can’t we all just get along.” Christie was and is a Disgrace.
    Maybe he can get his money back for that gastric bypass he got so he can look presentable in 2016. At the same time though, the msm a holes once again showed their true colors by coming down on Christie on an hourly basis, while they continue to Rim job Obama. Disgusting, despicable Morons.
    Cuomo and bloomerg, both of whom I despise, even turned down a visit from his heinous, Obama, which he offered.