A new ABC/WaPo poll released today shows that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Jeb Bush, the former two term governor of Florida, are the front runners on the GOP side of the presidential ticket. To quote pollster Gary Langer, the GOP preferences for President look like a “six car pileup.”
Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, 18 percent of registered voters in this survey back Paul Ryan, the 2012 vice-presidential nominee, and the same share like Jeb Bush, he of the presidential family and two terms as governor of Florida. Christie gets 14 percent; among the rest of those tested, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) come in with 10 to 12 percent.
Another notable finding in the poll, is that Hilary Clinton, the Democrat’s frontrunner, has a remarkable advantage among women. Writes Langer, “Perhaps most striking, as noted, is Clinton’s 25-point advantage among women, 59-34 percent; if nominated she’d be the first woman to run as a major-party candidate for president. Men, by contrast, divide about evenly, 49 percent for Christie, 46 percent for Clinton.”