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Political Insiders Poll

Poll: Which GOP Presidential Hopeful Did the Shutdown Help Most?

Which potential GOP presidential candidate did the shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff help the most?


Chris Christie: 63%
Ted Cruz: 28%
Rand Paul: 1%
Marco Rubio: 3%
Scott Walker: 5%


Chris Christie

"None of the members of Congress looked good, and Christie is headed to an easy November victory."

"With Scott Walker a close runner-up. Anti-Washington sentiment is running as high as typhoid fever."


"The only thing vaguely resembling an adult in the room."

"Ted Cruz appealed to the far-right wing-nut base, Rubio was a mini-me, while Christie stayed above the fray."

"Amazing how someone else's irrational behavior can make another person seem rational."

"His appeal is enormous. He's not of Washington; he builds consensus; he's authentic; he's honest. No one else can compare."


"An island of sanity in a sea of cluelessness."

Ted Cruz

"Default debacle was a big plus in Cruz's bid to be GOP nominee and for Hillary Clinton's bid to become president. The battle means Rubio and Paul are now eating Cruz's dust."

"His profile with the GOP base rose like a rocket."

"Negative publicity? Hardly matters when appealing to the narrow base of the Right. He's the candidate Democrats have been dreaming of!"

Marco Rubio

"He kept a low profile. Cruz will crash and burn well before the primary process."

Scott Walker

"By being slightly removed from the fight, Walker retains his tea-party-darling status while contending for the 'not quite as radical as Cruz' slot."

Which potential GOP presidential candidate did the shutdown and debt-ceiling standoff help the most?


Chris Christie: 56%
Ted Cruz: 21%
Rand Paul: 8%
Marco Rubio: 5%
Scott Walker: 10%

Chris Christie

"A blunt-talking governor who is not a part of the D.C. mess wins almost by definition."

"Christie now stands alone as the un-Washington Republican, but his positions on social issues still haunt his 2016 chances."

"All the D.C. morons led by Cruz looked like teenage pop stars. One-hit wonders."

"Every donor who wants to be saved from a tea-party nominee will rally behind him."

"The 'Not Ted Cruz' wing of the party knows it must coalesce around a credible candidate who tells truth to the Right."

Ted Cruz

"Thirty days ago, Cruz was the least-known person on this list. Now he's the best. 'Nuff said."

"He now owns a market niche—unelectable, even radioactive, but possessing of ground troops."

Rand Paul

"The tea-party favorite looks, by contrast to Cruz, more palatable to establishment Republicans. A winning ticket will need a candidate who both embrace."

Marco Rubio

"Is it possible to strengthen your brand with the tea party without sacrificing broader electability? Marco Rubio just did it."

Scott Walker

"Anyone outside Washington looks better now. Walker has a more realistic chance of surviving the 2016 primaries than Christie."

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This article appears in the October 26, 2013 edition of National Journal Magazine as Political Insiders Poll.

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