Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are the most appealing candidates for president to Republican voters, according to a new poll.
The NBC News/Wall Street Journal
poll finds that 56 percent of GOP voters admitted they could vote for Rubio, while 53 percent said the same about Walker.
Twenty-six percent said they could not see themselves voting for Rubio, while 17 percent said so about Walker.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, meanwhile, garnered almost as much support but had more votes against him. Forty-nine percent of GOP voters said they could vote for him, with 42 percent saying they could not.
Bush was ahead in early polls
late last year, but Walker surged
to the top — or near the top, in other polls — in the last month. This new poll marks another change, with Rubio leading the way on the right.
Walker finishing second in NBC/WSJ poll is notable and it could mean one of two things, according to one Democrat pollster.
Walker could be the GOP's "flavor of the month," Peter Hart said in the NBC News story, or he "could be like George W. Bush in 2000 or Obama in 2007" — meaning he's near the top of the polls at this point in the campaign cycle because he "tapped into something that is important and needs to be watched."
As for Democrats, they overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton. Eighty-six percent said they could see themselves voting for her, vs. 13 percent who could not.
"Clinton's numbers are just extraordinary from a starting point in a primary," said GOP Bill McInturff in the NBC News story about the poll results. "A number in the mid-80s is stunning."
Clinton's numbers are telling, particularly because of the email scandal that currently surrounds her. She was found to have used a private email during her time as secretary of State (2009-2013), which some critics think
should make her think twice about running for the White House.
Another poll seems to back the amount of support Clinton is receiving from the left, with just 16 percent of Democrats saying they are paying close attention
to the Clinton email story.
No major candidate has entered the presidential race, although that is expected to change in the coming months as the 2016 campaign train gets rolling.
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