NBC Poll: Hillary Beats Jeb Bush, Rand Paul in Favorability 2-to-1

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Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 10:41 AM

By Courtney Coren

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoys a high favorability rating among fellow Democrats, and her favorability rating among Americans is more than double that of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a new poll finds.

Seventy-seven percent of Democrats have a positive view of Clinton, and 6 percent have a negative view of the potential presidential candidate, according to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll taken April 23-27 of 1,000 adults.

Clinton's 71-percentage point difference is more than double the spread of Republicans who hold a positive view of both Bush and Paul, both potential presidential contenders.

Forty percent of Republicans have a positive view of Bush, with 12 percent saying they have a negative view of the Florida Republican, according to the Journal. And 42 percent of GOP members view Paul positively, and 10 percent view him negatively.

Forty-eight percent of Americans said they have a "very positive" or "somewhat positive" view of the former first lady, according to the poll. That's more than double the 21 percent of Americans who said they have a positive view of Bush and the 23 percent who have a positive view of Paul.

However, there is a greater share of Republicans who hold no opinion, or have a neutral opinion, of Bush and Paul compared to Clinton, who has been in the public eye since her husband and former President Bill Clinton ran for office in 1992.

Even though Americans have a better view of Clinton than they do her Republican counterparts, both Clinton and Bush have their names working against them.

Almost 7 in 10 Americans agree with the statement by former first lady Barbara Bush that "more than two or three families" should seek the presidency.

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