Out of a group of Republicans expected to seek presidential office in 2016, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is rated highest among Republicans and right-leaning independents, while New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio rank highest among all Americans, a new Gallup Poll shows.
Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee in the 2012 race, scored a 69 percent favorable rating, with a plus-57 net favorable score in polling, Gallup reported.
While Rubio and Christie gained high marks among all Americans, Rubio is relatively popular among Republicans with Christie's score among members of his own party came in lower.
The poll, conducted on June 1-4, tested the images of five Republicans, including Ryan, Rubio, Christie, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Tea Party favorite Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
Most Republicans were familiar with Ryan, Christie, Rubio and Paul, with about 70 percent having an opinion on each. Cruz, a freshman senator elected last November, was only familiar to about half the Republicans responding.
But while Ryan is popular with Republicans, he had the worst net score among Democrats and left-leaning independents, most likely because of his campaign with 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Christie is more liked than disliked among Democrats, and has a higher favorable rating among them than among members of his own party.
Christie's lower ranking among Republicans is most likely because of his response to Superstorm Sandy and public appearances alongside President Barack Obama.
But despite the response among Republicans, Christie had the highest score from among all Americans,
with Rubio in second.
None of the lawmakers have announced their future intentions. However, Gallup reported Christie's and Ryan's numbers pose the possibility that Ryan could do well in Republican primaries while Christie could be a stronger general election candidate.
However, the polling company was careful to point out that popularity is not the sole indicator of a successful campaign. For example, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was popular before the 2008 primaries but fared poorly, while Romney was not as well-liked in 2012, but came out as the Republican nominee.
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