Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan on border: ‘We will get this done’ Ryan tours Mexican border on horseback Trump: Healthcare plan coming in March MORE (R-Wis.) and former secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPerez and Ellison agree on DNC playing neutral role in primary John Legend not ruling out talking politics at Oscars Clinton taunts GOP lawmakers for dodging town halls 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 PaulGOP healthcare plans push health savings account expansion Congress must reform civil asset forfeiture laws ObamaCare fix hinges on Medicaid clash in Senate MORE (Ky.), Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.), Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioA guide to the committees: Senate Schumer: GOP will break from Trump within months GOP loses top Senate contenders MORE (Fla) and Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzPerez and Ellison agree on DNC playing neutral role in primary Big Pharma must address high drug prices A guide to the committees: Senate 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 BidenJill Biden to chair board of Save The Children Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey Top union offers backing for Ellison in DNC race MORE placed second in the Iowa Poll, followed by and Gov. Martin O’Malley (Md.) and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer (Mont.).