Poll Shows Evangelical Leaders Favors Rubio

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In a recent National Association of Evangelical survey, Marco Rubio tops the list of preferred 2016 presidential candidates among Evangelical leaders.

According to the survey, Rubio enjoys a 26 percent favorably rating among evangelical leaders, 21 percent were undecided, and 7 percent said none of the candidates.

Ben Carson and John Kasich trailed Rubio with 12 percent, respectively. Jeb Bush received 9 percent of the votes.

The other 2016 presidential candidates did not garner any significant support.

“Rubio represents a new generation of conservative leadership to many,” said Leith Anderson, NAE president.

“But about the same number of evangelical leaders aren’t seeing a strong candidate for them in the mix, and frontrunners didn’t fare well in our poll,” added Anderson.

One supporter of Rubio reportedly said, “He [Rubio] has a strong personal story, is articulate regarding the issues, and seems more balanced and centered than the other candidates.”

Republican front runner Donald Trump failed to make the cut in the poll with some evangelical leaders reported as saying, “Not Trump” or “Anyone but Donald Trump.”

The Evangelical Leaders Survey is a monthly poll of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Evangelicals. They include the CEOs of denominations and representatives of a broad array of evangelical organizations including missions, universities, publishers, and churches.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

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