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Quinnipiac poll: Jeb Bush's unfavorables top presidential field

@PatriciaMazzei

No candidate has a more negative rating in the latest national poll by Quinnipiac University than former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, whose popularity has tanked in a spate of recent surveys.

The Quinnipiac poll shows 25 percent of respondents have a favorable view of Bush, while 58 percent have an unfavorable view. That's worse than Donald Trump (37-56 percent) and Hillary Clinton (42-52 percent).

Of course, Trump and Clinton sit atop the poll despite being more disliked than liked. But that's not the case for Bush.

Clinton commands the Democratic side, ahead of Bernie Sanders 53-35 percent.

On the Republican side, Trump leads in the poll with 24 percent, followed by Ben Carson at 23 percent, a statistical tie given the poll's error margin of 2.9 percentage points. Marco Rubio garnered 14 percent support, followed by Ted Cruz's 13 percent (another tie). 

Bush drew 4 percent. That's fifth place -- in a statistical tie with Chris Christie, Carly Fiorina and John Kasich (all at 3 percent) and Rand Paul (2 percent). 

Two other polls released Tuesday and Wednesday are also troubling for Bush.

A Florida robopoll by SurveyUSA for Bay News 9 in Tampa found Bush in fifth place in his home state for the first time, behind Trump (37 percent), Carson (17 percent), Rubio (16 percent) and Cruz (10 percent). Bush drew 7 percent.

And a New Hampshire poll conducted for the WBUR public radio station in Boston found Bush dropped 2 percentage points to 7 percent in the Granite State since September, despite airing a slew of TV ads. Rubio, on the other hand, climbed 9 points to 11 percent, catapulting him to third place behind Trump and Carson. Bush is in sixth in a state considered a must-win for his campaign.

Tim Miller, Bush's spokesman, said on Twitter earlier this week that the campaign expects a poor showing in polls given that the candidate is trying to reboot.

"Comebacks take time," Miller wrote, "we recognize and are prepared for that."

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