Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Early 2016 Poll: Rand Paul Holds Big Lead in Iowa

A poll conducted by Illinois-based pollster McKeon & Associates for Freedom to Choose PAC, a pro-gun group, found Paul with an early lead over other possible presidential contenders, reports The Daily Caller.

According to DC, among voters who said they usually took part in the Republican presidential caucuses, 39 percent said they would vote for Paul if the caucuses were held today. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was in a distant second place with 20 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at 11 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was at 10 percent, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was tied with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at three percent.

Paul’s lead was buoyed by his strong support among independent voters, who said they usually attend the Republican caucuses. Sixty-seven percent said they would support Paul. The other 33 percent said they would support Christie.

Among self-identified Republicans, Rubio and Paul ran close, with Rubio getting the support 24 percent and Paul getting the support of 30 percent. Christie’s share of the vote fell to four percent among such voters.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a commanding lead with 43 percent of the vote. Twenty-seven percent said they would support Vice President Joe Biden, and 11 percent would vote for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nine percent said they would support another candidate.

(ht Justin Raimondo)

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