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50 most popular Republican politicians today

  • #30. John Kasich

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 22%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 43% (20th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 57% (84th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 37% (35th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 24% (43rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 32% (58th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 22%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 23%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 66%

    John Kasich was one of the 16 Republicans who sought the presidential nomination that Donald Trump landed in 2016. As governor of Ohio, he signed more than 20 laws limiting abortion access, although he vetoed a bill that would ban abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, saying it would not hold up in court. He has since distanced himself from the Republican Party and supported the effort to impeach Trump. His new book, published in 2019, “It’s Up to Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change,” advocates for community activism rather than waiting for Washington to bring about change. He has been active in campaigns to fight climate change and drives an electric car.

    [Pictured: Former Ohio Governor John Kasich visits "Your World With Neil Cavuto" at Fox News Channel Studios on Oct. 15, 2019.]

  • #29. Kevin McCarthy

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 22%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 37% (93rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 63% (11th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 30% (73rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (33rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 37% (35th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 25%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 65%

    The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives as minority leader, Kevin McCarthy has a reputation for effective party networking and skilled fundraising. A key Trump supporter, the California Congressman proposed a bill to fund the border wall with Mexico for $23.4 billion and led House opposition to the effort to impeach the president.

    [Pictured: U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaks during a weekly news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. on May 28, 2020.]

  • #28. Jeb Bush

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 23%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 50% (2nd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 50% (102nd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 31% (66th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 26% (12th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 31% (63rd most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 38%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 28%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 89%

    Longtime governor of Florida Jeb Bush is the younger brother of President George W. Bush. In Florida he advocated for education reform, in support of charter schools; a voucher program, later knocked down in court; the use of state funds to pay tuition at church-run schools; and a corporate income tax credit for scholarships to private schools. During his failed 2016 bid for the Republican presidential nomination, he started out as the frontrunner but was lambasted for his wooden delivery and lack of a clear campaign message.

    [Pictured: Former president Bill Clinton and former Florida governor Jeb Bush share a laugh at the University of New England on Sept. 27, 2019.]

  • #27. Joe Arpaio

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 23%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 36% (98th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 64% (6th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 24% (100th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 24% (48th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 43% (3rd most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 28%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 11%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 63%

    As sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio built a national reputation on his treatment of immigrants in detention, housing them outdoors in temperatures so high that inmates complained their shoes melted. He bragged that he made inmates wear pink underwear and listen to hours of patriotic music and opera. Arpaio was convicted in 2017 of contempt of court for ignoring an order to stop arresting immigrants solely on suspicion of being illegal, and President Donald Trump pardoned him a month later. He lost his bid for a seventh term as sheriff in 2016, but is running again in the 2020 race, with significant out-of-state financial support.

    [Pictured: Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio poses for photos during the Mother of All Rallies at the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Sept. 8, 2018.]

  • #26. Steve Scalise

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 23%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 41% (46th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 59% (58th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 26% (90th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 21% (91st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 42% (9th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 20%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 61%

    Representing New Orleans’ suburbs in the U.S. House of Representatives, Steve Scalise has a reputation for conviviality among colleagues. He is a big supporter of the National Rifle Association, and served on President Donald Trump’s Second Amendment Coalition, set up to advise Trump on gun-related issues. Scalise was shot in the hip during a congressional baseball practice in Virginia in 2017.

    [Pictured: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol, May 27, 2020.]

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  • #25. Allen West

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 23%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 37% (88th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 63% (16th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 27% (86th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 24% (41st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 38% (24th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 10%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 13%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 47%

    Allen West is a 20-year U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Gulf War in 1991 and in Iraq in 2003, and was awarded the Bronze Star and other medals. He represented southeastern Florida in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he joined the Tea Party Caucus and earned a reputation for giving lively speeches on conservative issues. After redistricting, he ran for re-election in a neighboring district, where he lost to a Democratic businessman. He is now running to head the Republican Party of Texas.

    [Pictured: Former Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) takes a selfie with U.S. Virgin Islands alternate delegate Valerie Stiles.]

  • #24. Herman Cain

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 24%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 36% (94th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 64% (10th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 26% (91st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 21% (94th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 43% (4th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 23%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 14%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 61%

    The former head of Godfather's Pizza and the National Restaurant Association, Herman Cain sought the Republican presidential nomination in 2012. He proposed a “9-9-9” plan to replace the existing tax code with a 9% income tax, 9% business tax,and 9% nationwide retail sales tax. Accusations of sexual misconduct ended his presidential bid. Cain is involved with the America Fighting Back political action committee, a group of Trump supporters who oppose propaganda by the mainstream media, and he is co-chairman of Black Voices for Trump.

    [Pictured: Former presidential candidate Herman Cain attends the premiere of the film "No Safe Spaces" in Hollywood, California, on Nov. 11, 2019.]

  • #23. Mitt Romney

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 24%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 43% (22nd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 57% (82nd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 36% (39th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (18th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 29% (75th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 41%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 27%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 92%

    Mitt Romney founded the investment firm Bain Capital before becoming governor of Massachusetts in 2003. In 2008 he lost his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to John McCain. In 2012 he won the nomination, but was defeated in the general election by incumbent President Barack Obama. He is now a U.S. senator from Utah, and he and his family belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A critic of President Donald Trump, Romney was the only Republican senator to vote to convict the president for abuse of power during the impeachment trial.

    [Pictured: Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) marches with a crowd singing Little Light of Mine in Washington D.C. on June 7, 2020.]

  • #22. Rick Perry

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 24%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 41% (57th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 59% (47th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 29% (77th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 24% (47th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 37% (31st most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 29%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 72%

    The former Texas governor ran for president in 2012 and again in 2015. In the Trump administration, Rick Perry served as secretary of energy, heading a department that he had called for eliminating during his 2012 presidential campaign. He resigned from the cabinet in 2019 and now works in the oil business. He competed on the reality television show “Dancing With the Stars” in 2016.

    [Pictured: U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry speaks during a National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI) conference in Washington D.C. on Nov. 5, 2019.]

  • #21. Jared Kushner

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 24%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 43% (26th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 57% (78th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 28% (85th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 21% (93rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 39% (19th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 36%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 17%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 77%

    Jared Kushner has been appointed by his father-in-law President Donald Trump to resolve the conflict in the Middle East; advise on U.S. relations with China, Mexico, and Canada; and organize procurement of medical equipment during the coronavirus pandemic. Before he was vaulted into his senior advisor role in the White House, Kushner owned a New York City weekly newspaper and ran his family’s real estate development company when his father was imprisoned for tax evasion, illegal campaign contributions and witness tampering. He married Ivanka Trump in 2009, and they have three children.

    [Pictured: Senior Advisor Jared Kushner attends a meeting on Opportunity Zones in the Cabinet Room of the White House May 18, 2020.]

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