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

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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


Filed under: 2016 • Republican Party • Republicans
soundoff (79 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "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."

    Oh hey:

    Governor Libido is at 48%
    Aqua Buddha is at 47%
    Governor Oops is at 46%
    Paul Ayn Rand Ryan is at 43%

    Time to stock up on popcorn ... sit back, and enjoy the fireworks.

    GOPerville 2016

    Rah. Rah.

    July 18, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    –none of these idiots with religion ideology worth even for cooks jobs in WH.

    July 18, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Huckabee, Paul, Perry, and Ryan. Nice try. It's going to be entertaining watching Uncle Sugar lead the pack across the burning sands of the conservative base's purity tests before one of them is anointed "Fearless Leader". Yes, that's right, anointed.

    July 18, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. jo clo

    Too bad none of them care about SCHOOL SHOOTINGS

    July 18, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  5. Sniffit

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

    Indeed. Sore thumbs one and all. Perhaps if they removed their own thumbs from their backsides once in a while....

    July 18, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. Longtimer

    If I hailed from the Right, I'd be very depressed right about now. Perry? In what world can he be viable? Huckabee? Clearly already trading in his Christian card for social radical. Paul? A lost cause. Ryan is a bright guy and might be the last hope- until the 99% figures out he wants poverty in America- especially for the 99%.

    Gosh, where did the GOP go?

    July 18, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Gosh, where did the GOP go?"

    Where have all the GOPers gone?
    Long time passing
    Where have all the GOPers gone?
    Long time ago

    Where have all the GOPers gone?
    TeaPers picked them everyone

    Oh, when will they ever learn?
    Oh, when will they ever learn?

    July 18, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  8. stormchaser 101

    None of the above.The clown car parade's on.

    July 18, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    So... the GOP is offering us Moe, Larry, Curly and Shemp?

    July 18, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Lizzie

    Let the hate begin.

    July 18, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  11. Gunderson

    Yeah, Old Gunderson know.
    Next Presidental election say good by to your rubber ducky, say hello to real Shovel Ready Projects not the Phony kind. Your retirement plan on life support. Call your Nanny if you still have Nanny.

    July 18, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. rs

    Lizzie

    Let the hate begin.
    ________________________
    Not hate Lizzie, just the truth. The GOP is in the hands of raving lunatics.

    July 18, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  13. Good Old Mr. Wilson

    @Lizzie
    Let the hate begin.

    Aww Lizzie, you and your ilk are such loving, sensible and even handed pacifists.

    July 18, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  14. rs

    Gunderson

    Yeah, Old Gunderson know.
    Next Presidental election say good by to your rubber ducky, say hello to real Shovel Ready Projects not the Phony kind. Your retirement plan on life support. Call your Nanny if you still have Nanny.
    ____________________
    Name ONE THING any of those clowns can or will do specifically to make America a better place for you and me. Sorry, fake-o accent friend- these are the losers who are selling out our nations.

    July 18, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  15. Good Old Mr. Wilson

    @Gunderson
    Yeah, Old Gunderson know.
    Next Presidental election say good by to your rubber ducky, say hello to real Shovel Ready Projects not the Phony kind. Your retirement plan on life support. Call your Nanny if you still have Nanny.

    You spend so much time trying to be clever, and failing, that your message gets lost. Who are you trying to slam? Bush destroyed the economy with his bogus wars, his tax breaks to the rich and the TARP bailout. Are you criticizing him? You should be.

    July 18, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    Lizzie

    Let the hate begin.
    ---------–

    Yeah, Lizzie. Highlighting things that each candidate has personally highlighted about themselves can't be considered facts, eh?

    July 18, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. Sniffit

    "Your retirement plan on life support. "

    Given the recovery of the markets under Obama, that's simply not true for the majority of people...well, except for people who live in states where Republican governors and state legislatures are doing everything they can to destroy public employee pension funds.

    July 18, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  18. salty dog

    Swirling down the crapper, one lunatic at a time, I too am readying the popcorn Lynda, going to be quite the show. No matter how much rinsey tries to control them, nothing short of a miracle will keep them from the cannibalism that we've come to know and love.

    July 18, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  19. Chubsy Ubsey

    @Lynda/Minnesota
    "Gosh, where did the GOP go?"
    Where have all the GOPers gone?
    Long time passing
    Where have all the GOPers gone?
    Long time ago

    Somewhere, Pete Seeger is smiling...

    July 18, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  20. rs

    Chubsy Ubsey

    @Lynda/Minnesota
    "Gosh, where did the GOP go?"
    Where have all the GOPers gone?
    Long time passing
    Where have all the GOPers gone?
    Long time ago

    Somewhere, Pete Seeger is smiling...
    ___________________
    Read my mind. Great response!

    July 18, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  21. Luc

    see you in 2024

    July 18, 2014 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  22. salty dog

    Hey gundy, did you happen to see who the wall street journal called nanny states, nah, didn't think so. You think your clever talking like a child, but your comprehension of politics supports your vernacular. Your smart enough to know your lying, but much like the others, trolling for the least informed, low intelligence voters.

    July 18, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "Call your Nanny if you still have Nanny."

    Captain Babytalk needs to call his home health aid. Time for his Namenda.

    July 18, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  24. Dean

    All are more qualified than the current Clown-in-Chief.

    July 18, 2014 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  25. smith1

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

    July 18, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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