2016 GOP Poll: Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan stand out
July 18th, 2014
09:32 AM ET
5 months ago

2016 GOP Poll: Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan stand out

(CNN) - Four potential Republican presidential candidates stand out above the rest of the possible field, according to new national poll.

A Gallup survey released Friday indicates that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin are best known and most liked by Republicans right now.

According to the poll, the four potential 2016 White House contenders are all familiar to more than 60 of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents and have net favorable ratings of at least 43-percentage points.

Huckabee, who ran for the GOP nomination in 2008 and hosts a program on the Fox News Channel, has a 48% net favorable rating. Paul, the son of former longtime Rep. Ron Paul, who ran three times for the White House, and who is well known and well respected by the libertarian and grassroots conservative wings of the party, is at 47%. Perry, the longtime Texas governor and a veteran of the 2012 Republican presidential nomination fight, is at 46%, with Paul, the House Budget Committee chairman and the GOP's vice presidential nominee in the 2012 election, has a 43% net favorable rating.

The poll indicates that two other possible Republican presidential candidates, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, are just as familiar to Republicans as Huckabee, Paul, Perry and Ryan, but they have lower net favorable scores. Bush is at plus 30%, with Christie, who's dealing with the George Washington Bridge controversy back in the Garden State, is at plus 10%.

Five other potential White House hopefuls, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, are less familiar to Republicans.

The Gallup poll was conducted July 7-10, with 1,013 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus four percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


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soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    None of those are the right person, but among them, I would have to prefer Perry.

    July 18, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  2. Tony D

    Sorry lefties.... Obama has poisoned the well for any future Democrat candidate. Hillary Clinton? Yeah, right, part of this miserable. corrupt and failed administration. How's Obama's and Hillary's infamous Russian Reset going? No bragging about that big "accomplishment" for some reason.

    The left is just so clueless as to the rude awakening coming their way this November. Our country being invaded, Obama goes to fund raisers and doesn't go to the border. Dead Americans in an airline crash thanks to his buddy Valdimir Putin and the Israelis attacking Gaza and why is Obama? Yup, you guessed it, CAMPAIGN FUND RAISING for the 434th time.

    July 18, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  3. yolanda

    Zero chance of any of these guys being elected.

    July 18, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  4. Sandy

    Huckabee? LMAO!

    July 18, 2014 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  5. Marie MD

    OMG!!! I can't stop laughing at the top four losers and idiots on this list.
    LOL

    July 18, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. Bill

    If this is the cream of the GOP crop, they are in worse shape than I thought. And agree, Luc, it will be at least 2024 before a republican sees the inside of the White House.

    July 18, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. Lizzie

    Bill, 2024, there won't be election anymore if democrats get their way, just presidents for life.

    July 18, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  8. just saying

    smith1
    send in the clowns. It is very sad that this is the best the GOP can come up with
    --

    as opposed to the democrats that have a couple of dinosaurs? joe biden? borderline alzheimers patient, lost two other times with miniscule support. hillary clinton? the no accomplishment vote for me because I'm a woman candidate and you owe me this candidate? or maybe elizabeth warren? the never accomplished anything overpaid communist harvard professor that lies about her heritage for personal gain and hates our economic system.

    yup, got some clowns there for sure! especially after 8 years of the obama clown show.

    July 18, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Tony D

    Sorry lefties.... Obama has poisoned the well for any future Democrat candidate. Hillary Clinton? Yeah, right, part of this miserable. corrupt and failed administration. How's Obama's and Hillary's infamous Russian Reset going? No bragging about that big "accomplishment" for some reason.

    The left is just so clueless as to the rude awakening coming their way this November.
    ------------------------------
    You keep forgetting that it was the Bush administration's policy is what required the reset in the first place. You keep forgetting that Putin invaded Georgia in 2008, and what did we do? You keep forgetting that the right wing has been polling even more unfavorably than Pres. Obama. You keep forgetting that's why Pres. Obama was re-elected.

    July 18, 2014 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Tampa Tim

    Dean – After destroying our country with unnecessary wars, huge unnecessary tax cuts, unfunded programs, a dying housing and automobile industry, and a stock market below 7000, the clown in chief retired to Texas to paint pooches. Imagine how much better our country would be if he had never sat in the Oval Office.

    July 18, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  11. Tampa Tim

    Tony – The Kochs do not have enough money to get their wingnut lapdogs elected. Don't worry, you can try again in 2024.

    July 18, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  12. Democrat Junk

    @Marie MD.. We all have our personal emotions. I can't stop shaking my head at the President of the United States. Cool, suave, charasmatic, good looking, eloquent in his oratory( most of the time), very photogenic...just a great visual package!. But.... an empty suit as President. Hard to believe this country was sucked in by this campaign. Don't feel bad , you're just one of many.

    July 18, 2014 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Lynda/Minnesota

    Bill
    If this is the cream of the GOP crop, they are in worse shape than I thought.
    --------–

    I'm cheering for Huckabee. Nothing spells political disaster fast enough than that of a pseudo pastor calling for God's vengeance on those not following lock-step with his own self made godly image.

    July 18, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  14. Randy, San Francisco

    The Republican Tea Party is doing a great injustice to America by presenting an uninspiring field of mediocre candidates. Only Paul is a different type of candidate and not in a positive way with his quirky and non-mainstream Libertarian ideas.

    July 18, 2014 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  15. AZ Dem

    @The GOP Solution

    Well said!

    July 18, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Tone

    Rick McDaniel

    None of those are the right person, but among them, I would have to prefer Perry.

    Why wasn't i surprised that you would pick Perry? your many posts on here says it all.

    July 18, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    -Huckabee, do you know how to cook eggplant curry?? Then you got job–that too we will tell you later, in WH. Ha,ha,ha,ha...

    July 18, 2014 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. aaron

    Is this not the same freak show that left any Americans that still have rational minds shaking their heads in 2012? Catering to the whims of the far-right obviously does not win presidential elections.

    July 18, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Democrat Junk

    @Marie MD.. We all have our personal emotions. I can't stop shaking my head at the President of the United States. Cool, suave, charasmatic, good looking, eloquent in his oratory( most of the time), very photogenic...just a great visual package!. But.... an empty suit as President. Hard to believe this country was sucked in by this campaign. Don't feel bad , you're just one of many.
    -------------------------------–
    LOL Have you forgotten about what the Republican Party was offering? Sarah Palin? Come on, man. Sarah Palin? Get real. The majority of the people who voted for McCain/Palin were the genuine Obama haters. Mitt Romney? Come on, man. Mitt Romney? Romney was a salesman, not a statesman. Romney undermined his own campaign.

    July 18, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  20. Tony D

    Rudy NYC
    You keep forgetting that it was the Bush administration's policy is what required the reset in the first place. You keep forgetting that Putin invaded Georgia in 2008, and what did we do?
    --
    No, Obama just didn't want to continue with the missile defense system Bush and several other countries had agreed to install. So he gave Putin a big gift by stopping it and getting NOTHING in return. In 2008, a few months away from a new President and a transition of power, no USA President is going to set up his successor with some sort of action. But what did Obama do once he got into office after seeing the Russians do this? Give them a big gift and a wet kiss. And that joke Reset button. How Obama-ish. Told Putin everything he needed to know about President Mommy Pants.

    You keep forgetting that the right wing has been polling even more unfavorably than Pres. Obama. You keep forgetting that's why Pres. Obama was re-elected.
    ---

    Obama was elected on a stack of lies and with the aid of his propaganda wing, the main street media. Do you think if the truth about Obamacare and all the lies that were told to the American people had come out prior to the election, that Obama would have been re-elected?

    As for polling, generics are meaningless. When the American people get to choose between an Obamadroid and somebody elese, they will be choosing somebody else, especially in the those red states with Democrat Senators. Democrats can kiss those seats good bye. Heck, Obama won't even go to those states and the Demorcats running for re-election deny knowing anybody named Barak Obama, AKA President Toxic.

    July 18, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  21. Tampa Tim

    Junk – If W could have achieved any positive accomplishments that Obama has been able to do without republican support you would want W on Mt. Rushmore. Record job gains, not like Bush's record losses. Bin Laden dead, saved the auto and housing markets, cut Bush's annual deficit to less than half, did away with Bush Doctrine, record highs in stock market, and a host of other things that actually help Americans. Hannity has been lying to you.

    July 18, 2014 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    Hey...in that photo...Is he pantomiming how he grabs and shakes a woman if he finds her using contraception?

    July 18, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. don in albuquerque

    Gotta wonder if the Seattle Police Dept would endorse good ole Huck. Nothing like having sound, christian judgement.

    July 18, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. g

    the last republican worth voting for was Eisenhower ,who warned America about the military industrial complex and the nutbars that profit from war

    July 18, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "If this is the cream of the GOP crop, they are in worse shape than I thought."

    Indeed. One word: curdled.

    July 18, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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