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Wednesday, December 4, 2013CHRIS CHRISTIE MUCH BETTER LIKED IN CALIFORNIA THAN OTHER POTENTIAL GOP PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES. TEA PARTY SEEN AS A DRAG ON GOP CANDIDATES' ELECTION CHANCES.
IMPORTANT: Contract for this service is subject to revocation if publication or broadcast takes place before release date or if contents are divulged to persons outside of subscriber staff prior to release time. (ISSN 0195-4520) By Mark DiCamillo and Mervin Field California voters have a much more favorable impression of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie than four other prominent Republicans considered to be possible 2016 presidential contenders. They include former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and U.S. Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida. Nearly half of all Golden State voters (47%) hold a favorable view of Christie, while just 19% view him unfavorably. Another 34% have no opinion. By comparison, pluralities of Californians view each of the four other potential GOP candidates more unfavorably than favorably. Christie benefits from being the only GOP presidential contender who not only has a favorable image among fellow Republicans but also among the state's Democrats and independent voters. In addition, when voters are asked whether they believe the Tea Party's influence on the Republican Party strengthens or weakens the GOP's election chances, by a nearly four to one margin voters see it having a negative impact. These are the highlights from the latest statewide
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In this survey all registered voters were asked to describe their overall impressions of five prominent Republicans, Christie, Jeb Bush, Cruz, Paul and Rubio, who have been getting early attention as possible candidates for their party's presidential nomination in 2016. Among the overall California electorate, only one, Christie, is viewed more favorably than unfavorably, with 47% holding a positive impression and 19% a negative impression. About one in three (34%) have no opinion.