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CBS NEWS POLL

The Republican Race: Trump Remains on Top – He’ll Get Things Done
February 12-16, 2016
Q1-Q6 RELEASED SEPARATELY
Q7. How much attention have you been able to pay to the 2016 Presidential campaign -- a lot, some, not much, or no
attention so far?

A lot
Some
Not much
No attention so far
Don't know/No answer

** REGISTEREED VOTERS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
51
59
48
47
34
29
36
36
10
8
10
11
5
5
6
5
*
*
1
*

Jan16a
%
44
35
15
5
*

*Less than 0.5%

Prim. Have you already voted in or do you plan to vote in a Republican primary or caucus this year, or in a Democratic
primary or caucus, or are you not voting in a primary or caucus at all this year?

Republican primary
Democratic primary
Not likely to vote
Never vote
(Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

33
34
21
1
11

76
3
16
1
5

3
76
15
*
6

25
21
32
1
21

Jan16a^
37
37
17
*
9

*Less than 0.5%
^Wording change: “Next year, are you more likely to vote…”

Q8. Which one of these candidates would you like to see the Republican Party nominate for President in 2016?

Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
John Kasich
Ben Carson
Jeb Bush
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

* REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS *
%
35
18
12
11
6
4
1
5
8

Jan16a
%
36
19
12
2
6
6
11
1
7

Q9. Is your mind made up or is it still too early to say for sure?
REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS WITH A CHOICE
%

Mind made up
Too early
Don't know/No answer

46
53
*

Jan16a
%

35
64
1

*Less than 0.5%

Q10. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these Republican presidential candidates do you think
has the best chance of winning the general election in November?

Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
John Kasich
Jeb Bush
Ben Carson
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer

* REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS *
%
53
18
12
4
3
1
*
1
7

Oct15d^
%
41
3
8
1
10
21
7
1
9

*Less than 0.5%
^Wording change:…”In November 2016.”

Q11. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these candidates do you think is most likely to get
things done in Washington?
Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Marco Rubio
John Kasich
Jeb Bush
Ben Carson
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them (Vol.)
Don't know/No answer
*Less than 0.5%

43
16
13
10
5
4
*
4
6

Q12. Regardless of how you intend to vote in 2016, which one of these Republican presidential candidates do you trust
most to appoint justices to the U.S. Supreme Court?^

Donald Trump
Ted Cruz
Ben Carson
Marco Rubio
John Kasich
Jeb Bush
Someone Else (Vol.)
None of them
Don't know/No answer

* REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS *
%
25
25
12
12
10
9
*
1
6

^Partial sample of 257 Republican Primary voters interviewed 2/14-2/16/2016
*Less than 0.5%

Q13. If Donald Trump became the 2016 Republican nominee for President, would you enthusiastically support him,
support him but with reservations, support him only because he is the Republican Party nominee, or not support him?

Enthusiastically support
Support with reservations
Support only because nominee
Not support him
Don't know/No answer

35
28
14
20
3

Jan16a
%
40
31
9
18
2

Q14. If Ted Cruz became the 2016 Republican nominee for President, would you enthusiastically support him, support
him but with reservations, support him only because he is the Republican Party nominee, or not support him?
Enthusiastically support
Support with reservations
Support only because nominee
Not support him
Don't know/No answer

32
26
20
18
4

37
25
18
16
5

Q15. If Marco Rubio became the 2016 Republican nominee for President, would you enthusiastically support him,
support him but with reservations, support him only because he is the Republican Party nominee, or not support him?
Enthusiastically support
Support with reservations
Support only because nominee
Not support him

31
27
22
17

32
31
18
12

Don't know/No answer

4

7

Q16.-Q22 RELEASED SEPARATELY
Q23. Would you prefer the next president be someone who will try to work within the political system in Washington or
someone who will try to shake up the political system in Washington?

Working within the political system
Shake up the political system
Don't know/No answer

** REGISTERED VOTERS **
Total Rep
Dem Ind
%
%
%
%
34
26
49
28
59
67
47
64
6
7
5
7

*** PRIMARY VOTERS ***
Rep Vtrs
Dem Vtrs
%
%
24
45
70
52
6
3

Q24. Which one of these candidate qualities is most important to you in deciding who to support for the Republican
nomination for president in 2016?

Shares my values
Says what they believe
Has the right experience
Can win in November
Don't know/No answer

* REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS *
%
42
28
15
12
3

Q25. From what you’ve heard or read, generally, would you describe Donald Trump’s policy proposals as realistic or not
realistic?
Realistic
Not realistic
Don't know/No answer

44
50
6

Q26. Do you think Donald Trump shares your values, or not?

Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

50
44
6

Jan16a
%
59
35
6

Q27. From what you know so far, do you think Donald Trump is prepared for the job of President, or not?
Is prepared
Is not prepared
Don't know/No answer

51
44
5

Q28. From what you’ve heard or read, generally, would you describe Ted Cruz’s policy proposals as realistic or not
realistic?

Realistic
Not realistic
Don't know/No answer

* REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS *
%
57
33
10

Q29. Do you think Ted Cruz shares your values, or not?

Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

56
35
9

Jan16a
%
63
24
13

Q30. From what you know so far, do you think Ted Cruz is prepared for the job of President, or not?
Is prepared
Is not prepared
Don't know/No answer

57
36
7

Q31. From what you’ve heard or read, generally, would you describe Marco Rubio’s policy proposals as realistic or not
realistic?
Realistic
Not realistic
Don't know/No answer

58
31
11

Q32. Do you think Marco Rubio shares your values, or not?
Yes
No
Don't know/No answer

56
34
10

59
27
14

Q33. From what you know so far, do you think Marco Rubio is prepared for the job of President, or not?
Is prepared
Is not prepared
Don't know/No answer

42
48
10

Q34. How confident are you in Donald Trump’s ability to make the right decisions about the economy – are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

* REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS *
%
49
28
9
13
1

Dec15a
%
51
31
8
10
*

Q35. How confident are you in Donald Trump's ability to handle an international crisis--are you very confident,
somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

29
29
19
21
2

Oct15a
23
39
18
20
1

Q36. How confident are you in Ted Cruz’s ability to make the right decisions about the economy – are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

21
47
16
13
4

Dec15a
26
44
14
9
8

Q37. How confident are you in Ted Cruz’s ability to handle an international crisis– are you very confident, somewhat
confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

24
38
20
14
4

Q38. How confident are you in Marco Rubio’s ability to make the right decisions about the economy – are you very
confident, somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?

Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

* REPUBLICAN PRIMARY VOTERS *
%
17
43
23
12
5

Dec15a
%
16
44
18
11
12

Q39. How confident are you in Marco Rubio’s ability to handle an international crisis – are you very confident,
somewhat confident, not too confident, or not at all confident?
Very confident
Somewhat confident
Not too confident
Not at all confident
Don't know/No answer

17
39
24
16
4

Unweighted
2,007

Weighted

Total Respondents
Total Registered Voters
Total Republican Primary Voters

1,674
581

1,601
523