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2016 Republican presidential candidates' favorability and familiarity: Gallup

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Gallup polled for the favorability ratings of potential Republican presidential candidates in the 2016 election and released the poll's results on Friday. They also measured the familiarity ratings of the Republicans who are getting the presidential candidate buzz for the next election. The poll found that there are four potential Republican candidates for president in two years that stand well above seven other Republican politicians when it comes to being best liked – even if others are better known.

The politicians who are favored at this time are former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, United States Rep. Paul Ryan from Wisconsin, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. All four men have a familiarity rating of more than 60 percent among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents. Additionally, they have a net favorability rating of positive 40 or better. Leading the pack is former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, according to the Gallup poll, as he scored a slightly higher familiarity and net favorability than the other 10 potential Republican candidates.

The poll results are based on Gallup’s interviews which were done from July 7 through July 10. The ratings were determined by taking the percentage of Republicans who have a favorable opinion of a candidate minus those who have an unfavorable opinion of each candidate.

As it turns out, three of the four leading Republican politicians in the poll have competed in Republican presidential contests before. All four of the leaders in the poll are highly visible among Americans. Huckabee ran for the Republican nomination in 2008. Paul Ryan was Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee in 2012 against Obama and Biden. Rand Paul is known because of his senatorial status and political connection to his politically popular father, Ron Paul, who has run for president several times when he was governor of Texas. Rick Perry sought the 2012 Republican nomination for president.

Jeb Bush’s familiarity rating isn’t any higher than the other candidates. This is surprising because he is the son of former President George H. Bush and the brother of former President George W. Bush. Also, Bush doesn’t score well regarding favorability as he only rated at 19 percent favorability. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie scored the worst of the 10 candidates tested in the poll with only a positive 10 as his favorability rating.

Besides Huckabee, Ryan, Paul, Perry, Bush, and Christie, the other politicians tested in the poll were Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum who received a below-average familiarity score. Rounding out the list of politicians who were tested are Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker who scored poorly in both familiarity and favorability, according to CNN.

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