Politics

Poll: Current 2016 Presidential Hopefuls Largely Unpopular

| by Edward Arnold

Now that the 2014 midterm election is over, both parties are looking to see what candidates have presidential potential. As of now, the field is crowded and mostly unpopular.

According to an NBC News/WSJ poll, nearly all the potential candidates have an unfavorable rating, showing as much opposition as support for most candidates.

For the GOP, the most favorable known candidates include Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

Paul received a positive rating from 26 percent of respondents versus 23 percent who viewed him negatively; 21 percent view Rubio positively versus 19 percent who did not; Huckabee, a former presidential candidate in 2012, saw a 25 percent positive rating versus 24 percent negative.

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The GOP candidates are barely favorable, showing only a slight positive net rating.

As for the Democrats, the most well known candidate would be Hilary Clinton. She posted a 43 percent positive rating versus 40 percent who viewed her negatively.

Remaining candidates include Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Vice President Joe Biden. All of these candidates received a negative net rating.

While the Democrats haven't seen anyone other than Clinton come out of the shadows for President, the Republicans have a crowd of unfavorable candidates for now. 

Source: NBC News / Photo Credit: Associated Press