Poll: Huckabee most favorable among GOP but trailed closely

Greg Nash

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is seen as the most favorable and well-known potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate among Republicans, according to a Gallup poll released Friday. 

But he is closely trailed, within the margin of error, by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan. 

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Huckabee has a net favorability among Republicans of 48 percent — 58 percent have a favorable view of him, while only 10 percent have an unfavorable view. 

Sixty-eight percent of Republicans say they are familiar with the former Arkansas governor, who ran for president in 2008. 

Paul has a 47 percent net favorable rating, while Perry scores 46 percent and Ryan 43 percent. About 65 percent of Republicans are familiar with each of them.

No other Republican tested had a net favorability rating above 40 percent, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (37 percent), Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (34 percent), former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (30 percent), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (27 percent), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (27 percent) and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (20 percent).

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one of the most well-known Republicans, has the lowest net favorability rating among Republicans with 10 percent.

The poll surveyed 1,013 people from July 7-10 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percent.