Public Policy Polling looked at the 2016 Republican field if Romney is not the nominee again. There’s a clear top tier consisting of Chris Christie at 21% and Mike Huckabee and Jeb Bush at 17%. Rick Santorum’s further back at 12% and Marco Rubio at 10%, Paul Ryan at 7%, Rand Paul at 4%, and Bobby Jindal at 3% round out the names we tested. It seems unlikely Santorum would be the front runner in a repeat bid.
Other notes on those numbers:
-Bush is the only Republican with a greater than 70% favorability rating, at 71/13.
-Most of the big potential GOP 2016 names have more than 50% name recognition- there are a lot more known quantities in the mix for Republicans that cycle than there are for the Democrats.
-GOP voters clearly see Rand Paul, who has a solid 42/20 favorability rating, in a different light than his dad, who’s at 42/20.
-Huckabee is the most popular potential 2016 hopeful besides Bush with a 69/15 favorability rating and would start out with an edge among Evangelicals at 24% to 16% for Santorum.
-Christie has a double digit lead with voters under 45, a group the GOP’s had trouble appealing to over the last few election cycles.
Full results here