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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

What America Thinks: Republicans Are Searching for a 2016 Presidential Candidate

Most of the presidential attention among Democrats is focused on Hillary Clinton and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, but for Republicans the field is wide open - with candidates both old and new. So how do voters feel about the GOP presidential contest this far out? We decided to find out what America thinks.

Two-thirds of voters across all political parties, including Republicans, think the GOP should look for a fresh face to run for president in 2016. Forty-two percent (42%) of Republicans think Mitt Romney, the party’s 2012 candidate, should run again in 2016, and just a third feel the same about a third Bush, Jeb Bush, running for president.

Twenty-eight percent (28%) of GOP voters say they’d be less likely to vote for Bush since his father and brother have both already served as president, and some worry that the United States is developing an unofficial group of royal families, such as the Bushes and the Clintons, with too much influence over government and politics. If the primaries go a certain way, there’s potential for another Bush-Clinton presidential election.

Among all voters, New Jersey governor Chris Christie is still the narrow frontrunner for the Republican nomination, beating out Rand Paul, Scott Walker, Paul Ryan and Jeb Bush. Walker or Ryan lead the pack among Republican voters, though. That being said, it’s still far too early in the election process to rule out other big potential names like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson.

The Republicans should make sure they have a strong candidate to stand behind, though, since half of all voters and three-quarters of GOP voters think a Republican will become the next president of the United States.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Alex Boyer. Remember, if it’s in the news, it’s in our polls.