- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 12, 2015

Republicans definitely have distinct good feelings about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as the wrangling continues between the GOP presidential hopefuls. Yes, Mr. Walker is making all the required campaign stops and grassroots visits in New Hampshire, Iowa and other key states - while his reputation and image win over many Republican hearts and minds.

“Scott Walker could be a formidable candidate for the Republicans in 2016, combining conservative credentials with a good national profile,” says Kathy Francovic, a YouGov polling analyst. The organization released these numbers on Tuesday.

79 percent of Republicans say Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a “strong” leader.

74 percent say he cares about the problems of average people; 70 percent say Mr. Walker is “honest.”

68 percent say he is “intelligent”; 67 percent say Mr. Walker shares their values.

56 percent say he will run for president in 2016; 55 say Mr. Walker is “sincere.”

52 percent say he is “about right” in his level of conservatism; 50 percent say he has qualifications for the White House.

44 percent have confidence in his ability to deal with an international crisis.

Source: An Economist/YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults; the sample included 247 self-described Republicans. It was conducted Feb. 28-March 2 and released Tuesday.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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