Former Arkansas Gov. and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee leads the field of possible contenders for the 2016 GOP presidential race in Iowa, according to a new survey of Republican voters from Public Policy Polling.
Huckabee, now a radio talk show host, garnered 15 percent support in the poll, taken Nov. 3-4. He was followed by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at 12 percent.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush placed fifth with 11 percent support, former presidential candidate Rick Santorum was sixth with 10 percent, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice scored seventh with 9 percent.
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Trailing them was Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul with 5 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin with 4 percent.
When it comes to favorability ratings, Ryan had the highest of the nine potential candidates — 83 percent. Rice was second at 75 percent. Paul was the only one with a favorable rating under 50 percent — 48 percent. Christie had the second lowest at 55 percent.
Among very conservative respondents, Ryan had the highest favorability rating — 95 percent. Christie had the lowest — 55 percent. Among moderate voters, Rice had the highest favorability rating — 67 percent. And Palin was last at 32 percent.
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