- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2015

“If you could create the perfect candidate to succeed Barack Obama as president, what would their background be and what would they think?” asks CNN polling director Jennifer Agiesta, who has a new survey that reveals this: “Most Americans say they would like a candidate who’s a seasoned political leader, someone with an executive background, and someone who’s willing to change Barack Obama’s policies.”

Interesting numbers: 59 percent of Americans say they’d like a candidate who has been in the public eye as a political leader for many years over one who’s new to the political scene. Another 59 percent say they prefer a candidate with executive experience over one who’s worked as a legislator, and 57 percent agree that their “perfect” candidate would change most of the policies enacted by Obama’s administration. Here’s a more complete look:

59 percent of Americans want a presidential candidate with executive experience; 74 percent of Republicans, 58 percent of independents and 51 percent of Democrats agree.

57 percent prefer a candidate who will “change the policies of Obama”; 94 percent of Republicans, 59 percent of independents and 22 percent of Democrats agree.

53 percent overall want a candidate who has had “economic success” in life; 63 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of independents and 52 percent of Democrats agree.



51 percent overall say their perfect candidate shares their views; 36 percent of Republicans, 58 percent of independents and 51 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent overall say their candidate belongs to their party and “can win”; 59 percent of Republicans, 40 percent of independents and 47 percent of Democrats agree.

42 percent overall want a candidate who believes religious views should drive policy: 61 percent of Republicans, 37 percent of independents and 34 percent of Democrats agree.

39 percent overall want a candidate with experience as a legislator; 25 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of independents and 49 percent of Democrats agree.

38 percent overall want a candidate who is “new to the scene”; 46 percent of Republicans, 43 percent of independents and 21 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 1,009 U.S. adults conducted March 13-15.

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