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Poll: Rubio top choice for 2016 prez nominee

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December

Public Policy Polling: PPP's newest national poll finds Marco Rubio as the early choice of Republicans for 2016. 18% would like him to be their nominee to 14% for Chris Christie, 12% for Jeb Bush and Paul Ryan, 11% for Mike Huckabee, 8% for Condoleezza Rice, 7% each for Sarah Palin and Rand Paul, and 4% for Rick Santorum.

Rubio's ahead because of his strength with the most conservative wing of the party. Among 'very conservative' voters he's at 23% to 17% for Paul Ryan and 13% for Mike Huckabee. He also had the advantage with folks describing themselves as 'somewhat conservative' at 22% to 14% for Chris Christie and 13% for Jeb Bush. Christie has a big lead with moderates at 35% to 20% for Bush and 11% for Huckabee with Rubio all the way back at 5%. But there just aren't that many moderates left in the Republican Party.

Here's how all the Republican hopefuls stack up in terms of net favorability:

Net Favorability

Paul Ryan: +59 (74/15)

Mike Huckabee: +58 (73/15)

Condoleezza Rice: +55 (73/18)

Marco Rubio: +51 (62/11)

Jeb Bush: +49 (63/14)

Sarah Palin: +42 (66/24)

Rick Santorum:+39 (56/17)

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Rand Paul: +31 (53/22)

Chris Christie: +21 (49/28)

[Last modified: Thursday, December 6, 2012 4:14pm]

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