Poll: Paul more favorable than Rubio among Republicans
April 12th, 2013
11:39 AM ET
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Poll: Paul more favorable than Rubio among Republicans

(CNN) – Republican Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio–both elected in 2010–have been at the center of much hype in the political arena this year as they've taken on high-profile roles and are considered potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Rubio and Paul delivered the GOP and tea party responses, respectively, to the State of the Union in February and gave speeches at last month's major gathering for conservatives known as CPAC.

And a new poll released Friday indicates that Paul has a slightly higher favorability rating among Republicans and independents, as well as higher name recognition, than Rubio.

According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, Paul, who was elected with strong tea party support in Kentucky, comes in at 53% among Republicans, and 32% among independents.

Rubio's favorable rating among Republicans, meanwhile, is 48%. Among independents, the Florida senator is at 27%.

The numbers fall mostly in line with a CNN/ORC International poll conducted last month, when 53% of Republicans had a positive opinion of Paul, though slightly more–54%–felt the same about Rubio at the time.

And while Rubio was a top surrogate for GOP nominee Mitt Romney and a contender to be his running mate, Paul still has higher ratings among Romney voters than Rubio, 62%-56%, the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Twenty-eight percent of American adults said they didn't know Paul, compared to 38% who didn't know Rubio.

Paul elevated his profile last month when he delivered a nearly-13 hour talking filibuster on the Senate floor over the president's drone policy. Rubio also showed up to the filibuster, but Paul walked away with strong publicity and a story that landed him in the headlines for three days.

Rubio, meanwhile, had his big moment when he delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address. He's also been at the forefront of GOP efforts for immigration reform.

While the two senators remain competitive, NBC News/Wall Street Journal have measured favorability ratings for other potential 2016 candidates in recent months. In December, the poll showed the House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan had the highest ratings among Republicans at 62%, thanks in large part to his high profile role as Romney's running mate.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was viewed favorably by 39% of Republicans in February.

On the Democratic side, 88% of Democrats have a favorable opinion of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the new poll. The same survey conducted in January showed 70% feel the same about Vice President Joe Biden.

The NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, 1000 adults were interviewed by phone between April 5 and April 8. The sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.


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soundoff (60 Responses)
  1. Boytjie

    LOL @ Donna!
    The Republicans sure are a melting pot of old white dudes!

    April 12, 2013 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Donna, still braindead I see,anybody that supports these two teabag gop losers must be a teahage or moron,oh ,there the same thing.

    April 12, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    They want privacy for who owns guns.

    They want to public lists of mental illness.
    They want to get into every pregnancy in the country.
    They want to know how much money each person makes in pay.
    They want all vehicles registered and taxed.
    They want to know if folks are immunized.
    They keep voting records by name, county, state.

    why is gun ownership the only thing deserving of GOP privacy?? WHY?

    April 12, 2013 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Donna,

    Since when has the GOP truly embraced the concept of the melting pot? The GOP were born out of a desire to turn immigrants into WASPs, and that mindset has not changed. The GOP can get all the tokens they want, but they absorbed the most reactionary elements in our society into their party, ruthlessly played upon the ignorance of working people in this country to vote against their own interests, and the Democrats are the source of division in your world? Presumably because they had the temerity to call out the GOP for what it has de-evolved into: distilled, knee-jerk reactionary hatred.

    April 12, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. quinLee

    Donna wrote:
    Yes, two young intelligent guys that will take the real problems on without dividing the country and pitting neighbor against neighbor like the Democrats do. The American people are tired of the hate and divisiveness that the Democrat Party spwes and thrives on.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    What!?! You new age TP/GOP Internet Philosopher types crack me up.

    April 12, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Homer Simpson

    No more mr nice guy, lol, seriously? there was zero truth in romneys campaign, and blamed obama for everything that bush/cheney did to us. you cant even admit bush started a war, and you call us clueless, get a grip dude, your refusal to accept the facts leaves you sounding dumber than you really are. seek therapy soon guest, you cant be denied next year, see, things are looking up for you already

    April 12, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. clarke

    The GOP would not do them selves any favors by spot lighting either one of these Gentlemen.

    April 12, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  8. rs

    I really really hope the GOP puts all their money on Rand Paul. He's the perfect Republican Presidential candidate- he is post-policy, doesn't believe in women's rights or civil rights (so he's lost 2016 already, and will keep minorities out of the party), and he's a true flake. Democrats win in 2016.

    The trick will be keeping the GOP alive until 2016 to run him....

    April 12, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  9. just sayin

    scarf
    Like gerrymandering the House of Representatives IS Mr. Nice Guy.
    -–

    democrats invented and perfected gerrymandering. it is how they guaranteed seats for minorities. sorry if all the democrat plans to rig elections didn't work out the way you planned. guess you are all not as smart as you think you are! hahahaha...

    April 12, 2013 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  10. norma jean

    WE should all go back and scan the inputs of "DONNA".....Now that is something to see..... Happy she's only one vote or we'd all be in big trouble!!!

    April 12, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. Homer Simpson

    These guys belong in a clown car

    April 12, 2013 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    -Ray E. (Georgia)

    Who need a gun when Lies Inuendo and mis reperesntation will do. Most people will see this for what is. Next !
    *********************
    Its the GOP's MO, so what's the problem? All the GOP has done for over 4 years is lies, innuendo and misrepresentation. They have never had a problem with it, ask Mitt Romney.

    April 12, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. Kevin

    "The Republicans sure are a melting pot of old white dudes!"

    That's funny because neither of these guys are old and Rubio isnt white. Why do Democrats always bring up race anyway?

    April 12, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Homer Simpson

    Its like asking if you prefer brain, or lung cancer

    April 12, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    scarf
    Like gerrymandering the House of Representatives IS Mr. Nice Guy.
    -–

    democrats invented and perfected gerrymandering. it is how they guaranteed seats for minorities. sorry if all the democrat plans to rig elections didn't work out the way you planned. guess you are all not as smart as you think you are! hahahaha...
    *********************
    And the GOP perpetuates the practice. Its all the Dixiecrats who bailed on us and were welcomed with open arms into the GOP that keep those minority districts going. I guess the GOP knows it really can't win a head-to-head fight on anything.

    April 12, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. just sayin

    if these two guys ran, what a stark comparison their youth and ideas would draw between the ancient and senile biden or the old and graying master of the benghazi disaster, hillary clinton.

    April 12, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  17. just askin

    The Real Tom Paine
    And the GOP perpetuates the practice. Its all the Dixiecrats who bailed on us and were welcomed with open arms into the GOP that keep those minority districts going. I guess the GOP knows it really can't win a head-to-head fight on anything.
    --

    you saying the house districts in democrat controlled states like california, new york, massachusetts, illinois,... aren't gerry mandered to this day??? of course they are!! please, enough with the lies and deceit.

    April 12, 2013 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  18. Randy

    It's a total contrast between Neo Conservative RINO Rubio and Traditional Conservative Paul. Well if you liked Bush, or are a fan of McCain, War, Debt, and Big Government then Rubio is your man. If you like freedom, sound money, strong defense vs. militarism then Paul is your man. Here is a hint, a person like Bush, McCain or Rubio will NEVER ever be elected as President again.

    April 12, 2013 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    if these two guys ran, what a stark comparison their youth and ideas would draw between the ancient and senile biden or the old and graying master of the benghazi disaster, hillary clinton.
    ***********
    Right. I just hope in a Paul presidency there are no natural disasters: the un-natural one of his reign of error would be bad enough. Just ask Chris Christie how FEMA might work.

    April 12, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  20. Joe Biden 2016

    I'm voting for my buddy Joe Biden in 2016. So what if he's going to be 120 years old. But he's still sharp as a tack and never mispeaks or says totally dumb stuff. Oops I mean, he's a really great guy that doesn't have a bigoted bone in his body and would never say something like "You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking," . Oops, I mean, ohh forget it. Just vote for him because he looks good in a suit and has nice hair.

    April 12, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  21. rs

    "They want privacy for who owns guns."
    _____________
    Excellent point! And it also demonstrates the weakness of the GOP's point if they think without a registry, no can determine who owns guns in America. I'd think between back and store customer records, surveillance video, accessory catalog lists and sales, manufacturer warranties, figuring out who owns guns in America is a snap.

    April 12, 2013 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. lolo

    This is not a surprise, racist people flock together. Rubio is too brown for them. The GOP/TP only pretends until they get what they want then they make a 360 degree turn-around, Rubio is being used and he is too trusting of the good old boy network to see it.

    April 12, 2013 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  23. Donkey Party

    Another day, another day of projecting by Donna.

    April 12, 2013 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  24. Patrick in Wisconsin

    just sayin, Hillary has more class and intelligence in one finger than Rubio and Paul have in their entire bodies COMBINED.

    April 12, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. Boytjie

    Kevin

    "The Republicans sure are a melting pot of old white dudes!"

    That's funny because neither of these guys are old and Rubio isnt white. Why do Democrats always bring up race anyway?
    ======================================
    Bwahahahahahahahaha! I was talking about the GOP – not these two guys.
    What could the original "melting pot" mention be about?

    April 12, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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