Bush leads 41% to 39%
A CBS telephone poll of over 1,600 Americans shows that Hillary Clinton is the clear Democratic favorite for the 2016 presidential election. 82% of Democrats would like to see her run.
The poll also shows that, among Republicans, Rand Paul is only a few points behind Jeb Bush. The former governor of Florida leads the rising senator 41% to 39%.
One explanation for Bush’s high performance may be his immediate name recognition. It’s important to note, however, that Republicans abandoned the last Bush en masse at the end of his presidency. George W. Bush left office with a 22% approval rating: a record low. Jeb Bush’s tainted family name would likely prove a difficult obstacle in the primary race should he choose to run.
Jeb Bush himself has said “It’s something that, if I run, I would have to overcome that. And so will Hillary, by the way.” Notably, Jeb Bush’s own mother, Barbara Bush, has said she doesn’t want him to seek the presidency. “We’ve had enough Bushes,” she’s said. “If we can’t find more than two or three families to run for office, that’s silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run.”