A new survey of voters in the critical primary state of Iowa found that more preferred Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., than the competition as their Republican presidential candidate in 2016, the Christian Science Monitor reported
It also found that state Democrats overwhelmingly back Hillary Clinton, with 89 percent saying they favored her as their presidential candidate.
Some analysts had predicted
that the early December federal budget compromise that Ryan worked out with Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington — which resulted in strong dissatisfaction from the GOP's tea party faction — would setback Ryan's presidential ambitions.
Others all along forecast
that conservatives would "cut Ryan some slack" because the 43 year-old has always had a strong tea party base.
Polling done this early in the game can prove fickle.
And a pre-budget deal Iowa poll conducted by the Conservative Intelligence Briefing
in November— that included a subsample of 390 likely GOP caucus goers with a margin of error of close to 4.96 percent— found Ryan lagging at nine percent with Christie leading the pack at 17 percent.
The Christian Science Monitor gave three possible theories for Ryan's current popularity in Iowa: He is well-known as Mitt Romney's 2012 running mate; local voters recognize him as the congressman from adjoining Wisconsin, and the poll included Democrats and independents with a comparatively small GOP-only sampling.
Respondents were asked what they thought of all those being mentioned as possible candidates.
Among Iowa Republicans, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee came in second in the Register poll (66 percent); followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania third (58 percent); Texas Gov. Rick Perry (55 percent); New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (51 percent); Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (51 percent); Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (51 percent); Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (46 percent); Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (46 percent); and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (46 percent).
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