A CNN poll finds the Republican Party’s 2016 field of candidates is in a dead heat in their favor.
CNN Polling Director Michael McDonald reports on a new poll that finds the two most popular candidates for president are former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
Bush leads with 33% of the vote, followed by Cruz at 30%.
The poll, conducted by Public Policy Polling, found that the majority of Republicans — 59% — would not vote for either candidate if the election were held today.
“There are two candidates that have an advantage on the ballot, one of whom is more experienced and the other is younger and less experienced than the incumbent, and that’s the problem,” McDonald said.
“Both are very unpopular right now.
They are the two people who have an opportunity to be president.”
Cruz and Bush are tied with 16% support among likely Republican primary voters.
They have split their support with 18% of those polled saying they would not support either of them.
McDonald said he expects the GOP field to tighten over the next few weeks.
He said the poll shows a narrowing of the gap among those who do and those who don’t want either candidate to be the next president.