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50 most popular Republican politicians today

  • #10. Mike Huckabee

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 30%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 44% (15th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 56% (89th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 25% (95th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 22% (89th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 42% (6th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 34%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 19%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 82%

    Known for his down-home style, the Baptist minister and former governor of Arkansas ran for president in 2008 and won the Iowa caucus, but failed to sustain his early success. He ran again in 2015. He resigned within a day of being named a director to the Country Music Association Foundation in 2018 amid backlash over his opposition to gay marriage, which he had compared to incest and polygamy. His daughter Sarah Huckabee Sanders was White House press secretary under President Donald Trump from 2017-2019.

    [Pictured: FOX News Contributor Gov. Mike Huckabee visits the Fox Studios in New York on Sept. 17, 2019.]

  • #9. Bob Dole

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 30%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 43% (25th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 57% (79th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 23% (101st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (19th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 40% (14th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 21%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 31%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 82%

    A former Kansas senator, Bob Dole was the Republican candidate for president in 1996, pledging a 15% across-the-board tax cut that failed to gain traction with voters. He was defeated by President Bill Clinton. As a young man in the U.S. Army, Dole was severely wounded in World War II and was left with a paralyzed right arm. He was a major supporter of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which passed in 1990 with sweeping protections against discrimination. After he retired, Dole appeared in a commercial for Viagra.

    [Pictured: Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and his wife Elizabeth Dole wait as U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to participate in the Armed Forces Welcome Ceremony in honor of the Twentieth Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sept. 30, 2019.]

  • #8. Sarah Palin

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 30%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 42% (40th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 58% (64th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 26% (93rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (28th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 39% (15th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 44%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 93%

    Sarah Palin hurtled to fame when presidential candidate Sen. John McCain named the then-governor of Alaska to be his running mate in 2008. An outdoor enthusiast and hunter, Pailin opposed same-sex marriage and abortion rights, and supported expanded drilling in Alaska, including in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The self-proclaimed maverick with an anti-intellectual outlook fell short on the campaign trail, with gaffes and a lack of political knowledge, particularly in foreign relations. Her unabashed style is seen by many as paving the way for the successful candidacy of President Donald Trump.

    [Pictured: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin gives a media interview before the start of a funeral service for Rev. Billy Graham in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 2, 2018.]

  • #7. Ted Cruz

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 31%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 40% (59th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 60% (45th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 27% (88th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 21% (95th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 41% (10th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 42%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 18%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 91%

    Ted Cruz was elected with tea party support to the U.S. Senate in 2012, where he helped orchestrate a 16-day government shutdown based in part on Republican opposition to President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. He lost the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump in 2016 after a bruising campaign, and at first declined to endorse his former rival, but has since become a major Trump supporter. During his campaign, Cruz advocated for a 10% flat income tax, elimination of estate taxes, and the dismantling of the Internal Revenue Service. He overcame an unexpectedly strong challenge for re-election in 2018 from Democrat Beto O’Rourke.

    [Pictured: Texas Sen. Texas Ted Cruz questions former deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein during a Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington D.C. on June 3, 2020.]

  • #6. Henry Kissinger

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 36%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 44% (18th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 56% (86th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 21% (103rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 23% (76th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 45% (2nd most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 19%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 27%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 83%

    Bavarian-born Henry Kissinger came to America when he was 15. He was secretary of state under President Richard Nixon and won the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for his “peace with honor” effort to end the Vietnam War. But the diplomat came under criticism for the U.S. bombing campaigns in North Vietnam and in Cambodia. Considered smart and shrewd, Kissinger also was credited with helping achieve détente between the United States and the Soviet Union, and with negotiating the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT I).

    [Pictured: Henry A. Kissinger, former U.S. Secretary of State, speaks at the award of the Henry A. Kissinger Prize to the German Chancellor in Berlin on Jan. 21, 2020.]

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  • #5. Mike Pence

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 37%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 44% (14th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 56% (90th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 26% (94th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 24% (45th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 40% (12th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 43%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 14%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 93%

    Mike Pence was a conservative radio and television talk show host in the 1990s before he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000 and then as governor of Indiana in 2012. He is now vice president to President Donald Trump. The Christian conservative is strongly opposed to abortion rights and same-sex marriage and has significant evangelical support. In 2018 Pence announced the administration's plan to add a Space Force branch to the U.S. military. More recently, he was named by Trump to head the administration response to the coronavirus pandemic. He came under fire for declining to wear a face mask to the Mayo Clinic, saying he wanted to be able to look people in the eye.

    [Pictured: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence speaks after the launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket with the manned Crew Dragon spacecraft at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 30, 2020.]

  • #4. Ben Carson

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 37%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 46% (10th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 54% (94th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 25% (96th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (31st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 40% (13th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 33%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 15%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 85%

    Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson is U.S secretary of housing and urban development (HUD). The religious conservative opposes same-sex marriage and has questioned whether homosexuality is a choice. Carson ran an unsuccessful presidential campaign in 2016, and at HUD has been criticized for a lack of experience.

    [Pictured: U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson speaks during a press briefing about the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington D.C. on March 14, 2020.]

  • #3. Donald Trump

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 39%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 47% (5th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 53% (99th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 25% (97th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (26th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 41% (11th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 52%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 8%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 98%

    Donald Trump was a real estate developer who gained national attention when he starred on the reality television show “The Apprentice.” The unlikely politician defeated 16 Republican rivals to land the party’s presidential nomination in 2016 and, in what was a surprise to many observers, defeated Hillary Clinton in the general election. In the White House, Trump survived an impeachment effort but as he faces re-election, his political standing has sunk over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

    [Pictured: President Donald Trump walks to the podium to deliver remarks during his visit to the Puritan Medical Products facility in Guilford, Maine, on June 5, 2020.]

  • #2. George W. Bush

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 42%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 51% (1st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 51% (103rd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 51% (81st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 25% (21st most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 37% (28th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 32%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 24%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 97%

    The 43rd U.S. president George W. Bush was in office for the 9/11 attacks. In response, his administration launched the Department of Homeland Security and the Patriot Act that expanded government surveillance capabilities, and led an international war on terror that included the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Bush also was in the White House when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Bush had a penchant for malapropisms and mangling phrases that became known as “Bushisms,” and he was popular for his affable Texas style.

    [Pictured: Former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.]

  • #1. Arnold Schwarzenegger

    - Positive opinion of this politician: 55%
    --- Positive opinion among women: 46% (8th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among men: 54% (96th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Millennials: 34% (47th most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Generation X: 28% (2nd most popular Republican)
    --- Positive opinion among Baby Boomers: 31% (66th most popular Republican)
    - Negative opinion of this politician: 16%
    - Neutral opinion of this politician: 26%
    - People who have heard of this politician: 97%

    Arnold Schwarzenegger moved from being a world-class bodybuilder to a blockbuster action movie star to the governor of California. His administration passed landmark measures to fight global warming, but struggled when the state grappled with the recession in 2008. Schwarzenegger clinched his celebrity status by joining the Kennedy clan with his marriage to Maria Shriver in 1986. She filed for divorce in 2011. The charismatic, Austrian-born star returned to Hollywood after leaving office in 2011, starring in “Terminator: Dark Fate” in 2019.

    [Pictured: Arnold Schwarzenegger addresses the crowd at the Arnold Sports Festival on March 7, 2020.]

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