In a word: How voters see Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio
Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio run behind Chris Christie in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup with Hillary Clinton, a new poll shows.
Christie comes closest in national preference, trailing Clinton by just 4 points, 43% to 39%, according to the Monmouth University Poll. Bush is behind Clinton by 10 points, 47% to 37%, and Rubio trails by 11 points, 47% to 36%. Sen. Ted Cruz is behind Clinton by 16 points, 48% to 32%.
The poll also asked voters to describe politicians in a single word.
“For Jeb Bush, his family connections to two former presidents (23%) are by far the most prominent image that comes to mind for voters. On the positive side, voters find him generally likable (8%). On the negative side, the leading image is that he is dishonest (5%).”
“For Marco Rubio, a range of positive qualities are mentioned by voters although general references to his relative youth (4%) and his Cuban heritage (4%) are brought to mind for a number of voters. However, nearly half (48%) of voters aren’t familiar enough with Rubio to come up with a word or phrase to describe him."