The Republican Party doesn’t have a leader who is looked upon favorably by a majority of Americans, according to a Politico/George Washington University poll
Defeated presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, each garnered only 47 percent approval, according to the poll.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a possible presidential candidate, is viewed favorably by 39 percent of respondents and unfavorably by 34 percent.
“The reason why Jeb Bush didn’t run this year is because he knew they [the country] were not past the Bush years,” Republican pollster Ed Goeas, who helped conduct the bipartisan survey, said.
As for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, another potential presidential candidate, 36 percent of Americans have never heard of him. 33 percent view him favorably, 17 percent don’t know enough to have an opinion, and 14 percent view him unfavorably.
Overall, “The Republicans are in real need of a leader,” said Democratic pollster Celinda Lake, who also helped run the poll. “The Republicans need a new spokesman. They haven’t got a popular voice out there. They’re hard-pressed to put Ryan forward because of his positions on Medicare and Social Security.”
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