- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 9, 2015


Republican voters appear to be more optimistic about 2016 than Democrats at this point. A whopping 71 percent of the GOPers report they are now “satisfied” with the field of GOP candidates running for president - despite peevish critics who question the number of hopefuls who have thrown their hats into the ring. Only 57 percent of Democrats are satisfied with their respective line-up of candidates.

So says a new Economist/YouGov survey of 1,000 Americans released Thursday.

It’s also interesting to note that over a quarter of the Democratic respondents - 27 percent - would like to see someone else jump into the race, compared to 18 percent of the Republicans.

But that race is still on. Here are the current rankings of presidential hopefuls on both sides.

55 percent of Democrats favor Hillary Clinton, 24 percent favor Sen. Bernie Sanders, 8 percent favor Vice President Joe Biden, 1 percent each favor James Webb and Martin O’Malley.

15 percent of Republican favor Donald Trump, 11 percent Jeb Bush, 11 percent Sen. Rand Paul, 9 percent Gov. Scott Walker, 9 percent Sen. Marco Rubio, 9 percent Mike Huckabee, 7 percent Ben Carson, 6 percent Gov. Chris Christie. 4 percent Sen. Ted Cruz, 3 percent Carly Fiorina, 3 percent Rick Perry.

Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted July 4-6 and released Thursday.

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