Saturday, December 16, 2017
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In a word, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are Florida's top two Republicans, mentor and acolyte, and potential 2016 presidential rivals. You know them, but if you had to describe each of them in just a word, what would it be? • Pollsters at Monmouth University in New Jersey asked that of people across the country as part of a recent survey on possible 2016 presidential candidates. The results, shown in these word clouds that emphasize the most common response, are a snapshot into perceptions of the two men, their strengths and weaknesses. • "For Jeb Bush, his family connections to two former presidents (23 percent) are by far the most prominent image that comes to mind for voters," the pollsters wrote. "On the positive side, voters find him generally likable (8 percent). On the negative side, the leading image is that he is dishonest (5 percent)." • "For Marco Rubio, a range of positive qualities are mentioned by voters although general references to his relative youth (4 percent) and his Cuban heritage (4 percent) are brought to mind for a number of voters. However, nearly half (48 percent) of voters aren't familiar enough with Rubio to come up with a word or phrase to describe him." • As for the horse race — and take this with a grain of salt considering no one is actually in the race — Bush and Rubio run behind New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup with Democrat Hillary Clinton. • Christie comes closest in national preference, trailing Clinton by just 4 points, 43 percent to 39 percent. Bush is behind Clinton by 10 points, 47 percent to 37 percent, and Rubio trails by 11 points, 47 percent to 36 percent. • The poll was conducted July 25-30 with a national random sample of 1,012 adults 18 and older, including 708 via live interview on a landline phone and 304 via live interview on a cellphone.

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