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Rasmussen: Only a Quarter of GOP Voters Give Christie a Chance

Rasmussen: Only a Quarter of GOP Voters Give Christie a Chance
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By    |   Thursday, 02 July 2015 12:49 PM

Many Republican voters aren't optimistic about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's chances of becoming the GOP presidential nominee next year, even though at one point he'd been considered a top contender for the spot, a new Rasmussen Reports survey reveals.

The poll found that only 24 percent of the likely GOP voters surveyed thought he'd become the party's nominee, with just 6 percent saying it is very likely.

Another 63 percent said the governor, who announced his candidacy on Tuesday, is unlikely to be the nominee, with 25 percent saying he's not at all likely.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came out at the top of the poll, with 56 percent saying they believe he'll be the nominee.

Other top candidates included:
  • Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 48 percent;
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 47 percent;
  • Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, 47 percent;
  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, 44 percent;
  • Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, 40 percent;
  • Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 39 percent.
On the lower end, Christie found himself among:
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, 28 percent;
  • Billionaire Donald Trump, 27 percent;
  • Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, 25 percent;
  • Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, 22 percent;
  • Former New York Gov. George Pataki, 21 percent;
  • South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, 17 percent.
Name recognition did not appear to come into play, as only 15 percent said they don't know enough about Christie to decide, but 11 percent said they didn't know enough about Bush.

The pollsters noted that somebody who polls low, like Christie, usually has name recognition problems that compare to Jindal's at 32 percent.

Christie's favorability rates are high, however, with 45 percent of those polled having a favorable opinion of him, bringing him in just behind Bush's ratings.

The survey of 1,000 voters was conducted on June 30-July 1, carried a margin of error of plus or minus 3 points, and had a 95 percent level of confidence.

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