MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A new poll shows that Paul Ryan is the clear choice among Wisconsinites who expect to vote in the Republican primary for president in 2016.
The firm of Public Policy Polling said Thursday that 27 percent of likely primary voters favor the 2012 vice presidential nominee from Janesville.
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is a distant second at 14 percent, followed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie at 12 percent. Jeb Bush and Rand Paul are 4th and 5th in the Wisconsin poll, which interviewed almost 450 regular primary voters from each party last weekend -- and 1,180 likely voters overall.
The poll showed that Democrat Hillary Clinton would run even with Ryan in the final race for the White House -- and she would beat Walker by 5 points with other Republicans losing by wider margins.
The Public Policy poll also gives U.S. Senate Republican Ron Johnson a 38 percent approval rating, with 38 percent disapproving. Johnson has already said he would run for re-election in 2016.
The new poll has Johnson trailing Democrat Russ Feingold by 7 points in a head-to-head match. Johnson unseated Feingold in 2010.
The margins of error are plus-or-minus 4.6 percent for the primary polling, and 2.9 percent for questions asked to all participants.