On Tuesday, Jeb Bush announced that he would be “actively” exploring a White House bid. Polls reveal that he may be doing this to get a head start on gaining popularity.
It’s not surprising that Jeb Bush has a lot of work to do when it comes to increasing public sentiment. He isn’t exactly a well-liked politician, especially among the Democrats. Stats show that for right now, Jeb Bush is popular among the Beltway crowd and deep-pocketed GOP donors. But we can’t say the same for American voters. Polls indicate that 31 percent of all voters could see themselves supporting Jeb Bush for presidency, while 57 percent say they couldn’t. In the Republican sector, Jeb Bush has 55 percent support and 34 percent who can’t support him.
This doesn’t sound so great, but is actually the second best GOP score in the poll, following Mitt Romney. But this doesn’t compare to the polls among Democrats, which showed 9 percent supporters and 79 percent non-supporters. The independents, which are important showed 34 percent support and 52 percent non-support. So Jeb Bush definitely has some work to do if he plans to have a chance of winning the 2016 election. The future will show how much these percentages change based on how well Jeb Bush handles his campaign. For starters, he should prove that he’s nothing like a Bush.
His Democratic foe will most likely be Hillary Clinton, who right now has 50% supporters and 48 percent opposers. This seems more like a typical general election (President Obama had 51 percent to 47 percent, beating Mitt Romney.) It’s very likely that she could get a 50 percent to 51 percent, but no less than 48 percent to 49 percent. However, her biggest challenge is proving that she will take a different approach than Obama’s — something that a lot of American voters are looking for in their next president.
For 2016, 40 percent to 38 percent of voters prefer a Republican in the White House. “This is an electorate –by a large margin — looking for change,” says Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted this survey with Democratic pollster Peter Hart and his colleagues at Hart Research Associates.