Americans fear an "unofficial group of royal families" may be forming in the United States, and are not enthusiastic about the possibility that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may be seeking the presidency, a new poll shows.
The Rasmussen poll
, released earlier this week, shows that just a third of Republicans surveyed believe Bush — the son of former President George H. W. Bush and the brother of President George W. Bush — should seek the nomination.
Another 34 percent of the GOP voters think he should not run, and the final third of those surveyed are not sure.
But while Republicans are almost evenly divided over whether Bush should run, 49 percent said that his presidential brother and father will make it less likely that they will vote for him — as compared to just 13 percent who said they are more likely to vote for him because of his relatives.
Overall, out of the 1,000 likely voters surveyed, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points, 64 percent said they think Republicans should find a "fresh face" to run for office, 10 percent said the party should pick a candidate who has sought the office before, and 25 percent remain unsure.
The parties were almost evenly divided over wanting a fresh face, with 60 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of independents wanting someone new to seek the GOP nomination in 2016.
But former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the GOP nominee in 2012, still maintains strong support, with 42 percent of Republicans saying he should run again, 33 percent saying he should not, and 26 percent being unsure.
Meanwhile, presumptive Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, who is polling ahead of most candidates on both sides of the ticket, may not have an easy ride to the nomination. The Rasmussen poll indicates that 41 percent of respondents are worried about the development of an "unofficial group of royal families with too much influence over government and politics."
The figure went up slightly from the 37 percent who earlier this year believed that political dynasties are forming, reports The Washington Times
, but still lower than the high of 47 percent in 2008, when Clinton first sought the Democratic nomination for president and the younger Bush was stepping down from his second term as president.
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