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Poll: Voters Say GOP Needs Fresh Face for 2016 Nominee

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 12:19 PM

A majority of voters say that the Republican Party needs to find a fresh face to be their candidate for president in 2016, a new poll has found, suggesting voters may be reluctant to back former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

According to a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted Dec. 28 of 1,000 likely voters, 64 percent believe the GOP should look for a fresh face to run, compared to 10 percent who say the GOP should back a candidate who has run in the past. Twenty-five percent say they are not sure.

"Majorities of voters across the demographic spectrum agree that the Republican Party needs a fresh face in the next presidential election," Rasmussen said. "Generally speaking, the younger the voter, the more likely he or she is to think Republicans need a fresh face in 2016."

The poll also found that 60 percent of Republican voters agree with the assessment that a fresh face is needed, in addition to 66 percent of Democrats and 68 percent of unaffiliated voters.

Nevertheless, 42 percent of Republicans think 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney should run for president again, though 33 percent disagree. Just 33 percent of Republicans say Bush should seek their party's nomination.

The survey also found that a significant minority of voters are concerned that power is being consolidated behind just a handful of political families, such as the Bush family and the Clintons.

Specifically, 41 percent of voters say they are at least somewhat worried that there is an "unofficial group of royal families" with too much influence over government and politics, though 57 percent are not concerned about the issue.

The findings also indicate that 19 percent are "very worried" about "dynasty" politics while 21 percent say they are "not at all worried."

Rasmussen noted that there has been a Bush or a Clinton running in every presidential election except for one since 1988.

The survey also found that in the last year, voters have changed their prediction about which party would take control of the White House in 2016.

Forty-nine percent of voters say they think a Republican candidate is most likely to win compared to 32 percent who predict it will be the Democrat nominee.  Last August, voters predicted that the Democrats would win, with 42 percent saying so, compared to 36 percent who were betting on the Republicans.

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A majority of voters say that the Republican Party needs to find a fresh face to be their candidate for president in 2016, a new poll has found, suggesting voters may be reluctant to back former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
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