WORLD Magazine Survey: Marco Rubio Leads Evangelical Leaders Vote for Eighth Consecutive Month

(PHOTO: REUTERS/CHRIS KEANE) Caz McCaslin says a prayer for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R) beside South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (L), Robert Moore and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-C) during a stop at Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina February 18, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/CHRIS KEANE)
Caz McCaslin says a prayer for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R) beside South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (L), Robert Moore and U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-C) during a stop at Carolina Pregnancy Center in Spartanburg, South Carolina February 18, 2016.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio continues to be the number one pick among evangelical leaders and influencers for the 2016 presidential election, a February survey by WORLD Magazine recently found.

The magazine, which canvasses the political leanings of 103 evangelical leaders and influencers, found that Rubio continues to lead the Christian vote at 49 percent approval.

The conservative Florida senator also gained momentum as a second choice among those surveyed with 26.6 percent, up three points from January’s poll.

This is Rubio’s eighth consecutive month coming out on top since World Magazine began polling in July 2015.

Ted Cruz came in second behind Rubio with 26.7 percent of the 103 evangelical leaders questioned, 86 of whom participated, saying the Texas senator would be their first pick for president. Cruz also held strong numbers as voters’ second pick at 25.6 percent.

WORLD Magazine reports that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush also saw a big rise since last month’s survey, jumping a full 13 percentage points for combined first and second choice picks among participants.

One question asked of those surveyed for the February poll included “If the presidential election were today, which declared candidate do you prefer? Who is your second choice?”

Participants were also asked their opinions on the nomination of a new Supreme Court justice following Antonio Scalia’s recent death, as well as the possibility of women serving in combat in the U.S. military.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Katherine Weber