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Jeb Bush leads in New Hampshire, new poll shows



Jeb Bush leads the GOP field in New Hampshire, but Scott Walker is close behind and the field remains open, according to a new poll from Suffolk University.

Bush got 19 percent of the votert followed by Walker with 14 percent and Rand Paul with 7 percent. Donald Trump got 6 percent, ahead of Ted Cruz and Chris Christie, both with 5 percent. Marco Rubio was down at 3 percent along with Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson.

“The single-digit candidates need to go to New Hampshire and make a personal appeal to likely Republican voters there if they want to become the Republican alternative to Jeb Bush,” said David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center. “There are still plenty of undecided voters who might be won over if they make their case.”

From the polling release:

Walker is the current conservative alternative to Bush and led the front-runner 20 percent to 14 percent among likely voters who described themselves as “conservatives,” with Cruz and Trump close behind with this demographic. Overall, Walker’s favorable rating of 46 percent was slightly below Bush’s 54 percent, and his unfavorable rating was 15 percent compared to Bush’s 27 percent unfavorable rating

One challenge for Bush as the presidential contest continues is the comparatively low standing of the other men in his family who have occupied the Oval Office. When asked about their personal favorite of the past three Republican presidents, 76 percent chose Ronald Reagan, while 14 percent chose George Herbert Walker Bush, and 6 percent chose George W. Bush.

The statewide survey of 500 likely voters in New Hampshire’s Republican presidential primary was conducted March 21-24, 2015, using live telephone interviews and a split sample of landline and cell phone numbers. The margin of error is +/-4.4 percent at a 95 percent level of confidence.

Full results here.

[Last modified: Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:26am]


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