If the 2016 presidential elections were held today, Hillary Clinton would become the next President of the United States, according to a Rasmussen poll released Tuesday.
But Governor Scott Walker would give her a run for her money.
Rasmussen asked 1,000 likely voters who they would vote for in head-to-head choices between Clinton and other likely GOP nominees. Between Clinton and Walker, 46 percent of respondents said they would support Clinton, while 41 percent would vote for Walker -- a five-point difference, and the strongest Republican lead in the poll.
Walker’s lead is even stronger among informed voters: among the 35 percent of respondents that claimed to be keeping up to date with reports about next year’s elections “very closely,” Walker beat Clinton 51 to 43 percent.
Former Governor Jeb Bush and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson were runners up in the poll. Both took 36 percent of voter support in head-to-head pairings with Clinton, leaving the former Secretary of State with a minimum 9-point lead in both cases.
Despite heavy funding and name recognition, Bush seems to be losing popularity in the polls. After coming in 15 points behind Walker in a Quinnipiac poll last week, he came in fifth in the CPAC straw poll, having been booed throughout the conference. Bush came in eight points behind Walker in a new poll from Nevada.
He's even having trouble in his home state: the latest poll from Florida shows Walker just one point behind Bush for 2016 primaries.
The Rasmussen poll didn’t include questions about Sen. Rand Paul -- a favorite among millennials. Paul won the CPAC straw poll for the third consecutive year, taking a 5-point lead over Walker.