Scott Walker Takes The Lead in GOP 2016 Race

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Washington, DC

Public Policy Polling (PPP) numbers have Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker emerging as “a clear leader in the race for the first time,” according to a new release.

By the numbers: “Scott Walker is at 25 percent to 18 percent for Ben Carson, 17 percent for Jeb Bush, and 10 percent for Mike Huckabee. Rounding out the field of contenders are Chris Christie and Ted Cruz at five percent, Rand Paul at four percent, and Rick Perry and Marco Rubio at three percent”.

Walker’s numbers have doubled since January, while Ben Carson ticked up by three points. Most others have remained fairly flat.

“Walker is climbing fast in the polling because of his appeal to the most conservative elements of the Republican electorate. Among ‘very conservative’ voters he leads with 37 percent to 19 percent for Carson, 12 percent for Bush, and 11 percent for Huckabee. Bush has a similarly large lead over Walker with moderates at 34/12… The problem for Bush though is that there are two times more GOP primary voters who identify as ‘very conservative’ than there are ones who identify as moderates.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems to have taken the biggest hit.

“Chris Christie just keeps on becoming more and more unpopular with Republican voters. Only 28 percent rate him favorably to 45 percent who have a negative opinion. Christie’s issues with conservatives are nothing new — among ‘very conservative’ voters just 20 percent rate him favorably to 61 percent with a negative opinion. But increasingly we’re finding that moderate voters don’t like him anymore, either — on this poll, just 33 percent gave him good marks to 38 percent with a negative opinion.”