© Greg Nash
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is the strongest potential GOP contender against prospective Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in a new poll — but he’s not the pick of Republicans.
The survey, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling via both telephone and online polls, shows former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee leading the GOP pack, with 18 percent support to 15 percent for Bush, 14 percent for both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), and 11 percent for Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas).
The other Republicans tested — Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal — all take less than 10 percent.
But Bush is Clinton’s toughest opponent at this point, trailing her by 3 points, with 44 percent support. Clinton takes 46 percent to Christie’s 42 percent support, and Paul and Ryan lag her by 5 points.
The former secretary of State maintains a commanding lead in the Democratic field, with 66 percent support, while Vice President Biden comes in a far second with 11 percent support.
The Republican field remains largely unchanged from previous polls, though Christie’s support — which had cratered over the past two months as details surrounding the George Washington Bridge scandal ensnared his administration — appears to have leveled off.
While Christie's favorability ticked up slightly, he’s still seen the least favorably of any of the potential GOP presidential contenders.
The survey was conducted among 1,152 registered voters from March 6-9 and has an overall margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.