Jeb Bush is the Least Liked Republican Presidential Candidate

DECEMBER 28: Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush holds a meet and greet at Chico's Restaurant on December 28, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. (PHOTO CREDIT: Johnny Louis via Getty Images)
DECEMBER 28: Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush holds a meet and greet at Chico’s Restaurant on December 28, 2015 in Hialeah, Florida. (PHOTO CREDIT: Johnny Louis via Getty Images)

Perceptions of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush have hit a new low, making him the least liked candidate of the Republican field. His chances for a comeback are not looking good either.

According to a Gallup poll released Friday, Bush has fallen to a minus 1 favorable rating among Republicans. Forty-four percent of Republicans give the candidate a positive rating while 45 percent give him a negative rating.

The “Jeb!” campaign, despite efforts to improve his image, has managed to make Bush the least liked candidate in the Republican race. Perceptions of Bush have been in steady decline since Gallup first started tracking his favorability last July, when he had a peak favorable rating of 27 .

There’s not much room for improvement, either. His name identification — how many people know who he is — is already high at 89 percent, second only to Donald Trump, the best-known candidate in the pack. An already high level of familiarity suggests that there’s not many new voters on whom Bush can make a positive impression.

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SOURCE: The Huffington Post, Janie Velencia