By Kyle Balluck
Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanSenate GOP hardening stance against emergency funding for Zika GOP warms to Trump GOP faces existential threat MORE (R-Wis.) and former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonThe Trail 2016: The establishment comes around Sanders asks for extension on financial disclosure forms Poll: 1 in 4 voters would sit out Trump-Clinton showdown MORE (D) are the early favorites of Iowa voters among possible 2016 presidential candidates, according to a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll.
Seventy-three percent of Republican Iowa adults viewed the Ryan very or mostly favorably, while 10 percent viewed the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee very or mostly unfavorably.
Ryan last week reached a budget agreement with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) that, despite conservative criticism, passed the House in a 332-94 vote.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) placed second among possible Republican candidates in the Iowa Poll.
The winner of the 2008 Iowa caucuses is conducting polling and gauging support for a possible 2016 presidential bid.
“I’m keeping the door open,” he told The New York Times last week. “I think right now the focus needs to be on 2014, but I’m mindful of the fact that there’s a real opportunity for me.”
Huckabee is followed by former Sen. Rick Santorum (Pa.), Gov. Rick Perry (Texas), former Gov. Jeb Bush (Fla.), Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.), Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulCarter pledges probe of sex assault testimony Rand Paul wants to legalize cooperation Dem fears Iran nuke deal gives license to back Saudis MORE (Ky.), Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioSanders is most popular senator, according to constituent poll Toomey: 'Outrageous' for Dems to tie me to Trump Reid, McConnell trade fire over stalled energy bill MORE (Fla) and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzThe Trail 2016: The establishment comes around Cruz signs copy of 'Communist Manifesto' Poll: Trump holds double-digit lead in Oregon MORE (Texas).
Among Iowa Democrats, an “eye-popping” 89 percent of Democrats rated Clinton as very or mostly favorable, compared with 7 percent who viewed her very or mostly unfavorably.
“Clinton’s score is eye-popping and shows she is viewed more favorably than any Democrat or Republican by a big margin,” said Jeff Link, an Iowa Democratic operative, told the Register.
Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill's 12:30 Report Biden lands in Iraq for surprise visit Boehner: Ted Cruz a 'miserable son of a bitch' MORE placed second in the Iowa Poll, followed by and Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.) and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (Mont.).