Despite ongoing efforts to improve his standing among voters in the first-in-the-nation caucus state, a new poll suggests Gov. Chris Christie is still deeply unpopular among Iowa Republicans as the race toward the 2016 Republican primaries continues to heat up.
According to the Bloomberg Politics/The Des Moines Register poll, 54 percent of likely Republican caucusgoers cast an unfavorable vote for Christie, a likely contender for the Republican nomination next year. It was the highest percentage among a list of possible 2016 GOP candidates, which also included former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (who, along with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, scored among the highest).
The poor polling performance in the state comes as Christie works to put together a team of experts for his 2016 bid — a process that, according to recent reports, includes securing commitments from top donors and operatives in Iowa.
See the poll here.