Jeb Bush is already toast in Iowa: Poll

There's a new front runner in Iowa -- and it's not the expected favorite

Published February 1, 2015 2:10PM (EST)

  (AP/Lm Otero)
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Jeb Bush has some work to do in Iowa.

The former Florida governor, and the 2016 favorite of the GOP's establishment and Wall Street class, is struggling in a new poll, with favorability and unfavorability numbers roughly even.

There's also a surprising front-runner on the move. That's Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, riding a wave of energy off a well-received speech last weekend at a "freedom" conference sponsored by Rep. Steve King.

And there's bad news for Chris Christie below, who has the highest negatives of any Republican in the poll.

Here are the results of the latest Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register poll:

Scott Walker: 15 percent
Rand Paul: 14 percent
Mitt Romney: 13 percent
Mike Huckabee: 10 percent
Ben Carson: 9 percent
Jeb Bush: 8 percent
Ted Cruz: 5 percent
Rick Santorum: 4 percent
Chris Christie: 4 percent
Marco Rubio: 3 percent
Rick Perry: 3 percent
Bobby Jindal: 2 percent
Carly Fiorina: 1 percent
John Kasich: 1 percent:
Donald Trump: 1 percent

The poll was taken before Romney decided not to be a candidate in 2016. But when Romney's supporters were allocated to their second choice, it did not give Bush a bounce. Walker, Paul, Huckabee and Carson remained the top four, while Jeb moved up from 8 percent to 9 percent.

By Salon Staff

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