Even Republicans Reject Another Bush as Jeb Falls to Sixth Place In Iowa


A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey of Iowa Republican voters released on September 22nd shows the GOP race still being dominated by political outsiders. Donald Trump continues to lead with 24 percent, to 17 percent for retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and 13 percent for former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina. Behind the three candidates who have never held elected office, Senators Ted Cruz (TX) and Marco Rubio (FL) round out the top five, each polling at 8 percent support.

Conspicuously absent from the lead pack is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Bush is tied for sixth place in Iowa with Mike Huckabee. Both men are polling just 6 percent in the Hawkeye state. Bush continues to hemorrhage support in Iowa. A month ago he was in fourth place at 11 percent, but in the past thirty days he has seen his support nearly cut in half.

Jeb hasn’t done himself any favors by reminding voters of his family connection with the failed presidencies of his brother and his father. While GOP voters are less likely than the general population to view George W. Bush’s presidency negatively, even they can become uneasy when Jeb says silly things about his brother “keeping us safe”.


Jeb Bush’s struggles in Iowa, and across the nation, are likely to continue, because Republican voters do not particularly like him. In Iowa, 40 percent of Republicans have an unfavorable opinion of Jeb Bush, compared to just 38 percent who hold a favorable opinion of him. With such tepid support from the party’s base, Jeb Bush has little room to grow.

The only candidate who saw a comparable decline in support in Iowa from August to September was Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and he saw the writing on the wall and quit. Bush managed to stay one percentage point above the Scott Walker line in Iowa (Walker polled 5 percent in the PPP survey, which was conducted prior to his announcement that he was suspending his campaign).

However, unless Bush picks up momentum soon, he could be the next major Republican candidate to exit the race for lack of support. Given the direction his poll numbers are heading, it may not be long before we say good bye to Jeb Bush’s 2016 candidacy. Even Republican voters seem uninterested in another Bush presidency.

25 Replies to “Even Republicans Reject Another Bush as Jeb Falls to Sixth Place In Iowa”

  1. Jeb’s rollout was truly horrible. Not sure there is enough money to right it.(Didn’t work for Walker) Establishment Pubs have a lot of time to discredit Trump though.(Also not a winner) Wonder who is left after Carly an Ben flame out?

  2. Well Republicans, it seems you have three choices: dig up Reagan and run him, bring back Mitt the Twit, or own Trump/ Fiorina/ Carson.

    Good luck!

  3. A man who is using the running for the presidents as a tool to feed his narcissism is winning over Republican voters. Only in Amerikkka could this happen.

  4. Wanna clear out the innards? Check out Hucksters FB page. Been bounced 3 times. God help us if these clowns even make the ballot.

  5. If Jeb drops out and the three top tier candidates self destruct as is probable, we might be left with a thirsty Rube running in the Republican field. Can you imagine that debate? A truck load of bottled water waiting in the parking lot.

  6. Americans are watching the republicans’ primary preshow. Where the unelectables have their 15 minutes of fame and news media sells spin for entertainment profits.
    Iowa doesn’t elect Presidents.
    Jeb Bush is the pick of Fox News and the Plutocrats. Then Jeb Bush will be the republicans presidential pick.

  7. Let’s dispel the myth right now that Raygunnz was some sort of centrist. His presidensity was one of the worst this country has ever seen and he presided over the most corrupt administration in US history. The right-wing spin machine has been working overtime to turn him into some sort of demi-god since the day he left orifice but those of us who were there during his 8 dire years remember differently. If nothing else, the current batch of repuglican “know-nothings” all worship at his altar and that should tell us all we need to know!

  8. what I was alluding to is the idea that the the Regan of the ’80s was so far to the ‘left’ of what the current Republican is now that he’d be considered a centrist NOW..

    your analysis of his positions then are accurate however he was pragmatic and a compromiser when necessary…

  9. Jeb! has pulled the klan card
    Jeb Bush Takes Bold Stand Against Multiculturalism

    Love this comment
    Fuk Jebya.
    I am not giving up the bodega and their Dominican Beef Stew with Rice.
    I am not giving up sight of the beautiful women in native dress at the mosque on the corner. Such colors.
    I am not giving up the Hood View and our late at night on the pavement sometimes drunken multicultural discussions.
    I am not giving up having my choice of cuisine done by Thais, Ethiopians, Greek, Korean, Polish, Italian, Chinese, Vietnamese etc. in small family owned places.
    I am not giving up the Gay Pride Parade or dancing in the Gayborhood.
    I do not want to live in Whitebread City. Not ever. Fuk you Jebya.

  10. Today, as the sun is setting for Yom Kippur – the Jewish Day of Atonement and the most holy day on the Jewish calendar – Senator Marco Rubio will hold a fundraiser in a home that features two paintings by Adolf Hitler, a signed copy of Hitler’s autobiography, Mein Kampf, and a cabinet full of place settings and linens used by the Nazi leader. You really can’t make this stuff up.

    “An event at a home with items like these is appalling at any time of the year. Adding insult to injury, Rubio is holding this event on the eve of the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur. Holding an event in a house featuring the artwork and signed autobiography of a man who dedicated his life to extinguishing the Jewish people is the height of insensitivity and indifference. There’s really no excuse for such a gross act of disrespect. Mr. Rubio, who by the way, represents a sizable Jewish population in our home state of Florida, should cancel this tasteless fundraiser. It is astounding that the presence of these items that represent horror for millions of Jews the world over, would not stop Mr. Rubio or anyone on his team in their tracks when planning this event.” – DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

  11. If I had to bet on who has the best chance of getting the Republican nomination it would be Jeb. Why? Because that’s what the bettors on Betfair casino are doing. Next is Rubio. When Walker was still running his highest chance was 3%. These guys are putting their money 9n the line. More predictive than the polls. As for the pundits, they know nothing. It’s ok. It can’t be done. They should at least admit it. It’s nice to listen to analysis but with the caveat that it’s meaningless.

  12. My way of thinking tells me. Only a very sick,ill mind would even want to own the items this man has in his home. Question for Rubio: Does he think for one minute, he would have been spared from the end result of Hitler’s rule?? DOES HE THINK THE MAN WHO HAS THESE ITEMS really believes Rubio is better then all those who were placed in ovens before him. Think again Rubio, you too would have been oven material, and you would not have been alone. You Rubio, are not exceptional enough. Very few would have been.

  13. Correct David, There is no way in hell that the GOP is going to put forth one of those clowns who keep spewing ridiculous un substantial crap! They will make sure that Jeb gets the nomination with John Kasich as the VP running mate. Jeb and John are the only two who haven’t alienated 90% of the population and at least those two have actual real experience in governing.

  14. todays fox/gop/kochs new fav. rubio, is having a fund raiser, in tx, on the highest holy day of the jewish calendar, in a gop supporters house filled with pro nazi memorabilia, and even a hitler signed copy of mein kampf! the hate is deep in these ones…

  15. …is such visible contempt for the poor and minorities a prerequisite for being a Teahadist/NeoConArtist??? I just wanna knock that condescending smirk off his face so hard he’ll be incapable of having ANY expression what-so-damned-ever for the rest of his life…

  16. The LAST thing this country needs is another Bush…OR another Clinton in the White House! #Bernie2016 or bust!

  17. Carly is looking good these days. Hey she is a woman, and the Republicans can say “look at us we have a woman on the ticket”.

    I live the Bay Area and I remember the mess she created at HP and also when she ran against Boxer. Carly did a redo to make herself this person that can manage.

    Boxer whopped her good. Californians saw through her extremists views. But this time I’m not sure.

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