Politics

Poll: Republican Presidential Hopefuls Have Five-Way Tie for First Place

| by Ethan Brown

Hillary Clinton continues to easily lead in the race for the Democratic nomination for president, but the crowded Republican field is a much different story, according to a new poll.

Dr. Ben Carson of Maryland, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (who has yet to officially declare his candidacy), former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin (who also has yet to officially announce his candidacy) are in a five-way tie for first place, with each candidate receiving 10 percent support, according to the poll conducted by Quinnipiac.

Twenty percent of Republicans polled were still undecided, according to Newsmax.

Other Republican candidates fared decently in the poll, as well. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky received 7 percent support, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was supported by 6 percent of respondents, well-known businessman Donald Trump received 5 percent of the vote, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was supported by 4 percent, and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio both received 2 percent. Among that crowd, only Paul, Cruz and Fiorina have announced their presidential campaigns.

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In the first Republican debate, set for Aug. 6 on Fox News, the network’s rules state that only the top 10 candidates will receive an invitation to participate. This has caused some controversy, as Fiorina, one of only two women running for the White House, may not be able to attend the debate if her poll numbers do not increase.

On the Democratic side, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to remain far ahead of her opponents, receiving 57 percent support. In a distant second is Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who received 15 percent of the vote. Vice President Joe Biden, who has made no indication that he will seek the presidency, received 9 percent of the vote, while former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley registered with just 1 percent. Of the four listed above, only Clinton and Sanders have officially announced their bids for the White House.

While Clinton’s high favorability and poll ratings seem to be somewhat permanent, the most recent controversies surrounding the former First Lady’s private email account and donations to her family’s foundation may have negatively affected her second attempt at the White House. For example, in a head-to-head matchup with Rand Paul, Clinton only leads by four points, 46 to 42 percent. Facing Marco Rubio, Clinton holds a slim lead, 45 to 41 percent, CNN noted.

Moreover, voters said 53 to 39 percent that Clinton was not honest nor trustworthy, but felt that she has the characteristics that would make a good leader.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,711 nationwide between May 19 and May 26, according to CNN. There is a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points.

Sources: Newsmax, CNN

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