- The Washington Times - Monday, April 27, 2015

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads a crowded Republican presidential field in the early state of New Hampshire, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky lead in head-to-head match-ups against former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a new poll.

Mr. Bush is the choice of 18 percent of GOP primary voters, followed by Mr. Walker at 16 percent and Mr. Paul at 15 percent, according to the automated survey from the firm Gravis Marketing.

Sen. Marco Rubio was next at 11 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas at 10 percent. No other Republican candidate eclipsed 5 percent, and Mr. Paul, Mr. Rubio and Mr. Cruz are the only three major Republicans to have officially declared they are running for president.

Mrs. Clinton, who announced her candidacy earlier this month, was the choice of 45 percent of Democratic primary voters, followed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts at 24 percent and Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont independent, at 12 percent.

But — as has been the case with other recent polling — a majority of voters also said Mrs. Clinton is not honest and trustworthy, as she faces scrutiny over her use of a private email system as the nation’s top diplomat and donations to the Clinton Foundation while she was in office.

Fifty-three percent said they do not believe Mrs. Clinton is a trustworthy and honest individual, compared to 36 percent who said they believe she is.

In head-to-head matchups, Mrs. Clinton trails Mr. Walker by 3 points, 47 percent to 44 percent, and trails Mr. Paul by 1 point, 45 percent to 44 percent.

She and Mr. Bush are tied at 42 percent apiece.

She leads Mr. Cruz by 3 points, 47 percent to 44 percent, she leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie by 2 points, 43 percent to 41 percent, and she leads Mr. Rubio by 1 point, 45 percent to 44 percent.

Gravis says it’s a nonpartisan firm, but has counted Republicans such as former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as clients.

The survey, conducted April 21-22, included 666 potential Republican primary voters and 369 potential Democratic primary voters, with a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent for the Republican primary and plus or minus 5 percent for the Democratic primary.

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