A big chunk of Republicans think presidential contender Jeb Bush has more in common with front-running Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton than with the average GOP voter, a new poll shows.
According to a Rasmussen Reports survey
released Wednesday, 36 percent of likely GOP voters believe Bush is more aligned with Clinton than with their own views on big issues facing the nation; 40 percent disagree, saying Bush has more in common with them. One-in-four is undecided.
In other findings:
- 41 percent of Republicans think Bush is likely to be the party's 2016 presidential nominee, down 15 points from June. Also, 48 percent of Democrats think Bush will be the Republican presidential candidate next year.
- Among all likely voters, 43 percent think Bush is likely to be the GOP nominee; 52 percent say that's unlikely. And 29 percent say Bush has more in common with Clinton on the major issues than with the average Republican voter; 42 percent disagree.
The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.
The survey comes just weeks after Bush tried painting Donald Trump as a Democrat.
"Mr. Trump doesn't have a proven conservative record," Bush said
at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last month. "He was a Democrat longer in the last decade than he was a Republican. He has given more money to Democrats than he's given to Republicans."
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