Jeb Bush has early favorability lead in N.H. poll - Metro US

Jeb Bush has early favorability lead in N.H. poll

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Jeb Bush is leading a poll of likely Republican presidential primary voters in New Hampshire.

The survey, conducted by Suffolk University and released today, indicates that 19 percent of such voters favor Bush, a former Florida governor and scion of the Bush family dynasty, as their first choice in the GOP field.

The survey, taken between March 21 and 24, polled 500 Granite State voters who said they were likely to cast a ballot in the 2016 primary.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker came in second; 14 percent of those polled said they liked him as their first choice. Kentucky Senator Rand Paul garnered 7 percent. Real estate mogul Donald Trump garnered 6 percent.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who is the only one to officially declare his candidacy, both received 5 percent, while Florida Senator Marco Rubio, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and neurosurgeon Ben Carson all received 3 percent.

The New Hampshire primary, along with the Iowa caucus, often receives massive media attention. Both are viewed as significant bellwethers for presidential candidates. Candidates that flop in New Hampshire often drop out soon thereafter.

Suffolk’s poll also revealed that among those surveyed, 45 percent want Obamacare repealed, while 35 percent want it modified, 12 percent want it left alone and 8 percent are undecided.

Forty nine percent of those polled identified themselves as pro-choice, while 41 percent said they were pro-life and 10 percent said they were undecided on the issue.

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