The latest Economist/YouGov Poll gives Mitt Romney the lead when registered voters who describe themselves as Republicans are asked who they would like to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. And his margin is wide – more than twice as many Republicans choose him as select the next highest-ranked Republican, Florida Governor Jeb Bush. When Republicans are asked to choose between Bush and Romney, Romney leads by two to one.
Good feelings about Romney are near universal among Republicans. More than eight in ten have a favorable opinion of the former Massachusetts Governor. Only 12% are not favorable. Those are the best rankings for any of the possible GOP candidates included in the Economist/YouGov Poll. The second most popular Republican is 2012’s GOP Vice Presidential nominee, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan. But Ryan took himself out of the 2016 competition this past weekend.
Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Tennessee Senator Rand Paul also do well with Republicans. All fare better than Bush with GOP identifiers.