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California 2016: Tea Partiers Paul, Cruz in Big Trouble as Favorability Plummets

The Field Poll, 11/14-12/2

  • Christie: 47 favorable, 19 unfavorable
  • Bush: 29 favorable, 33 unfavorable
  • Cruz: 24 favorable, 37 unfavorable
  • Paul: 21 favorable, 29 unfavorable

A new Field Poll has found that Chris Christie enjoys a very high favorability rating among both California Republicans and all California voters while Tea Party Candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz had among the lowest favorability rating among all potential Republican candidates. The poll also found that half of California Republicans believe the Tea Party’s influence weakens the Republican brand.

The poll, conducted between November 14 and December 2 and sampled 826 registered California voters, found that 47 percent of all California voters have a favorable view of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while only 19 percent have an unfavorable view. Among Republicans, 59 percent had a favorable view of the GOP frontrunner while 40 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of the moderate. No other GOP candidate had higher than an 18 percent favorability among Democrats. Christie also has a 44 favorable view among independents.

A distant second in the favorability poll was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Just 29 percent of those polled had a favorable view of George W. Bush’s brother while 33 percent hold an unfavorable view. He did earn 51 percent favorablity among Republicans but just 18 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of independents have a favorable view of him.

Ted Cruz also mustered 50 percent among Republicans but just 24 percent of California voters view him favorably while 37 percent have an unfavorable view of the Texas Senator. Among Democrats, 52 percent have an unfavorable view of the Tea Partier, along with 42 percent of independents.

Rand Paul fared even worse. Just 21 percent of California voters view him favorably and a mere 36 percent of Republicans. Half of all Republicans, Democrats, and Independents said they don’t have any opinion about the Kentucky Senator.

The poll also asked respondents about their views on the Tea Party in general. Just 20 percent of voters believed the Tea Party is having a positive impact on politics while 47 percent believe it’s having a negative impact. Another 65 percent said the Tea Party hurts the Republicans’ chances in the midterms, including 48 percent of Republicans.

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