Poll: Mike Huckabee Takes Second to Donald Trump

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee speaks during the prime time Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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GOP presidential candidate Gov. Mike Huckabee is doing quite well according to two national polls conducted after the first GOP presidential primary debate.

One poll has Huckabee in second place behind GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and another poll has Huckabee listed with the highest favorability rating among 15 GOP presidential candidates; however, former neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson takes the highest net favorability rating when comparing the results in totality.

A Reuters-Ipsos poll conducted August 21-25 has Huckabee in second behind Trump – the only two candidates with double digits in that poll:

Donald Trump – 30.1 percent

Mike Huckabee – 10.4 percent

Jeb Bush – 8.3 percent

Ben Carson – 8 percent

Scott Walker – 6.7 percent

Marco Rubio – 5.1 percent

Ted Cruz – 4.4 percent

Rand Paul – 3.9 percent

Carly Fiorina – 3.8 percent

John Kasich – 2.7 percent

Chris Christie – 2.5 percent

Rick Perry – 2.3 percent

Bobby Jindal – 1.1 percent

Rick Santorum – 1 percent

Lindsey Graham – 0.8 percent

Another national poll, a Gallup poll conducted from August 7-19th, has Huckabee with the highest overall favorability rating among the GOP presidential candidates, but Carson with the highest net favorables:

Mike Huckabee – 58 percent vs. 19 percent

Marco Rubio – 57 percent vs. 13 percent

Jeb Bush – 55 percent vs. 28 percent

Ben Carson – 55 percent vs. 4 percent

Donald Trump – 55 percent vs. 38 percent

Ted Cruz – 53 percent vs. 18 percent

Scott Walker – 48 percent vs. 11 percent

Carly Fiorina – 44 percent vs. 11 percent

Rick Perry – 43 percent vs. 27 percent

Chris Christie – 42 percent vs. 34 percent

Rand Paul – 39 percent vs. 33 percent

Bobby Jindal – 38 percent vs. 12 percent

John Kasich – 37 percent vs. 11 percent

Rick Santorum – 34 percent vs. 25 percent

Lindsey Graham 23 percent vs. 30 percent

When examining the net favorability ratings according to the Gallop poll, Carson fairs the best among the candidates, with Rubio coming in second after Carson in net favorables. Huckabee comes in third with his overall net favorability rating.

The Gallop poll results show that Carson’s net favorable rating was high in July, but increased 12 points since that time – placing him with the highest net favorability rating out of any candidate according to Republicans as well as Republican-leaning independent voters.

“Marco Rubio, Mike Huckabee, Scott Walker and Ted Cruz join Carson and Fiorina as having the most positive images among the 17 candidates — but none of these four saw much change in their images after the debates,” the Gallop poll findings state.


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