A majority of voters see 2016 frontrunners Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump: Podesta a 'nasty guy' Trump's growth projections leave economists in disbelief What would a Hillary Clinton presidency look like? MORE (D) and former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush (R) as a “return to the policies of the past,” according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll that shows the potential perils for each party’s biggest names.
Fifty one percent of registered voters view Clinton’s policies as retreads of the past, but she’s viewed much more favorably with Democrats. Only twenty three percent hold that view, and 73 percent believe she’ll provide “new ideas for the future.”
Bush has been criticized by some conservatives for his support of Common Core education standards and for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Both policies got poor marks from Republicans in the voters, as more than half of them view those positions unfavorably.
Recently, Bush has said he only supports a pathway to legal status, but has expressed support for a pathway to citizenship in the past.
The poll also showed largely positive perceptions of Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wis.) and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Rubio56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race New York Times endorses Rubio's rival Rubio: GOP Congress could go in different direction than Trump MORE (R-Fla.). Fifty three percent of voters said they could back Walker, compared to only 17 percent that said they could not. Fifty six percent said they could support Rubio, while 26 percent could not.
Those two candidates sported the largest margins of potential support. Bush had only seven percentage points between those who said they could support him and those who couldn’t. Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: Podesta a 'nasty guy' Trump's growth projections leave economists in disbelief Eric Trump poses with woman in anti-Trump shirt MORE, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Graham56 memorable moments from a wild presidential race High anxiety for GOP NYC mayor: Trump sounds like ‘a third-world dictator’ MORE (R-S.C.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) all had significantly more voters say they could not back them.
Clinton fared much better with Democrats, as 86 percent said they could see themselves voting for her, leaps and bounds ahead of the potential support for Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCurt Schilling joining Breitbart: report Schilling lashes out: 'I'm apparently an anti-Semite' for asking questions Curt Schilling to Jake Tapper: How can Jews be Democrats? MORE (D-Mass.) and Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAmerica’s Eastern European mess Huckabee to Biden: Trump can land a 'face kick' The Trail 2016: Election night cliffhanger MORE. And more than half of those Democratic voters said they don’t care whether Clinton receives a coronation or a contested primary.
The poll surveyed 1,000 adults and has an overall margin of error of 3.1 percent. The Democratic primary sample has a 6.1 percentage point margin, and the GOP primary sample has a 6.5 percentage point margin.