Jeb Bush can’t escape his family ties. Scott Walker is best known for being anti-union, conservative and a governor.
Those are among the findings of a new Suffolk University Political Research Center poll of New Hampshire Republicans, released Thursday.
Bush, with 18.8 percent, and Walker, with 14.2 percent, top the Republican field in the nation’s first primary state. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and businessman Donald Trump are far back in third and fourth place.
Pollsters asked the first word or phrase that comes to mind when Bush and Walker are mentioned.
With Bush, a former Florida governor, 17 percent said “family/legacy/dynasty.” Another 12 percent said George Bush/brother/ son. Jeb Bush’s father and brother were presidents. Seven percent said tired of the Bushes/too many Bushes. The same number said “like him/general positive.”
Seven percent said governor of Florida.
Walker, a new national political figure, got mentioned by 7.4 percent as “anti-union/right to work.” Seven percent said of the Wisconsin governor they “like him/positive.” Walker took on public employee unions as governor. Four percent mentioned his governorship, while 3.6 percent said “conservative” and the same percentage called him a hard worker.