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CHQ GOP Presidential Straw Poll: Rubio Support Dropping Like A Stone

Back in January and February, Marco Rubio stood at the top of the heap among prospective 2016 Republican presidential contenders.
Sen. Marco Rubio
Today? Not so much.

In the recently released Ipsos – Reuters poll, for example, Rubio has lost one third of the support he had earlier this spring and is now not even in the top three in the latest poll Ipsos conducted for Reuters. Marco now registers below Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Rand Paul and Jeb Bush.

Another poll in Iowa, a key early voting state in the Republican presidential sweepstakes (conducted by Illinois-based pollster McKeon & Associates for Freedom to Choose PAC, a pro-gun group) found Rubio a distant second to Senator Rand Paul.

According to analysis of the poll by The Daily Caller, “Among voters who said they usually took part in the Republican presidential caucuses, 39 percent said they would vote for Paul if the caucuses were held today. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was in a distant second place with 20 percent. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was at 11 percent, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was at 10 percent, and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal was tied with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at three percent.”

Indeed, of the major public polls, the only one that Rubio continues to do well in is – surprise, surprise – the Democrat-leaning PPP poll, which uses the notoriously unreliable “robo-polling” method.

Among the reliable limited-government constitutional conservative voters who make-up the regular readership of, Rubio is doing even worse.

He’s right behind Dr. Benjamin Carson with less than 1 percent of the vote.

Leading our presidential straw poll with 31 percent of the vote is former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, whose reliable Tea Party principles and ability to articulate what grassroots America is thinking and feeling always makes her a sentimental favorite among limited-government constitutional conservative voters.

Closely vying for second and third place are Tea Party-backed Senators Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

Texas Senator Cruz is, as of now, slightly edging out Kentucky Senator Paul 23 percent to 20 percent.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush comes in a distant fourth with 7 percent of the vote and rounding out the top five is social conservative stalwart Rick Santorum with 4 percent of the vote.

It is worth noting that Jeb Bush, certainly no conservative, and Paul Ryan and Chris Christie (two other prominent Republicans without strong conservative records or who have disappointed conservatives by abandoning conservative principles when the chips were down) did not do just a little better than Senator Marco Rubio did in our straw poll -- they did a whole lot better than Rubio did. 

Of course we don’t claim that our online poll is a scientific measure of voter sentiment, but it is a sound indicator of where limited-government constitutional conservatives are looking for their next presidential nominee. And it is pretty obvious that it certainly won’t be Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Click this link to register your vote in the CHQ Republican presidential straw poll.

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Rubio has lost my vote....forever. I'm much more inclined toward Sarah Palin simply because she is not part of the DC Beltway hegemony. She speaks truth, understands where the common man is coming from, doesn't appear to be swayed from her principles, in short what we need in Washington. Too bad Rubio fell under the sway of the siren call of power so soon.


WHAT does it take for people to understand that MARCO RUBIO IS NOT CONSTITUTIONALLY ELIGIBLE to be either POTUS OR VP?!!!!!!!!!!

Legal Definition of Natural Born Citizen Includes Rubio

According to the Congressional Research Service, a "natural born citizen" is defined as follows: The weight of legal and historical authority indicates that the term "natural born" citizen would mean a person who is entitled to U.S. citizenship "by birth" or "at birth", either by being born "in" the United States and under its jurisdiction, even those born to alien parents; by being born abroad to U.S. citizen-parents; or by being born in other situations meeting legal requirements for U.S. citizenship "at birth".

Exclamation points aside, I'm open to evaluating contrary legal citation. However, in my teaching experience with American Government and Constitutional Law, I have not seen a different definition as applies to these United States.

The CRS info is wrong

You must read the Constitution. Bing "natural born citizen" and "14th ammendment". Rubio, Jindal etc. are "citizens" but, the Constitutional is VERY specific re: NATURAL BORN Citizen.

Constitution & Legal citation vs Bing

A phrase denoting one of the requirements for becoming President or Vice-President of the United States. Anyone born after the adoption of the U.S. Constitution in 1787 must be a "natural born Citizen" of the United States to constitutionally fill the office of President or Vice-President. See U.S. Const. art. II, § 1; id. at amend. XII.

Some debate exists as to the meaning of this phrase. Consensus exists that anyone born on U.S. soil is a "natural born Citizen." One may also be a "natural born Citizen" if, despite a birth on foreign soil, U.S. citizenship immediately passes from the person's parents.

Citizenship among nations is divided between jus soli ("right of soil"){US, et al.]; and, jus sanguinis ("right of blood"). The text of the Constitution does not define what is meant by natural born. Relevant Supreme Court caselaw includes: The Venus, 12 U.S. 8 Cranch 253 253 (1814); Shanks v. Dupont, 28 U.S. 3 Pet. 242 242 (1830); Minor v. Happersett , 88 U.S. 162 (1875); United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898). The 14th Amendment addressed Dred Scott v Sanford (1857).

Marco Rubio

Why should Mr. Rubio be considered anyway? He isn't a natural born citizen therefore isn't eligible. This is the United State of America, not Mexico South. We need a president who can/will represent ALL the people, not just a select few.

Fact Check: Rubio is Natural Born Neocon

First, a fact check for Marco Rubio was born in Miami, Florida on May 28, 1971.
A number of conservatives have expressed concern with Rubio's "Immigration Gang of Eight" association. However, more important is Sen. Rubio's repeated demonstration of warlike neocon interventionism so favored by the likes of W. Bush; Cheney; and, "Gang of 8'ers" McCain and Graham. Just this past week, Rubio criticized Prez O. not for unconstitutional actions of war against Syria; but rather for taking so long in intervention options that "...were there for us a year and a half ago. This president failed to do that.”