Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has increased his lead in a hypothetical poll among potential Republican Party presidential candidates.

In a poll comprising of over a dozen potential presidential candidates from the GOP, Bush secured a double-digit advantage against his fellow Republicans. The CNN and ORC International poll showed Bush with 23 percent of the poll, which is a 9 percent increase from the two organizations' November poll.

Bush was not the only governor to encounter an increase into double-digit territory. Current New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was the second most-popular choice of potential Republican candidates with 13 percent, an increase from 9 percent in November.

The remaining potential candidates received single-digit percentage support. Neurologist Ben Carson was the third popular choice with 7 percent, although his percentage is down from November's 11 percent. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee also encountered a decline from November's 10 percent to December's 6 percent. Huckabee's latest percentage is tied with Rep. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin tied at 5 percent. While Rubio saw a small increase from November's 3 percent, Ryan slipped from last month's 9 percent rating.

Based on the December poll, the survey respondents said they would rather see a Republican Party candidate who could beat the Democratic presidential candidate than agree with them on the issues, with 69 percent to 29 percent respectively.

Although Bush has a lead, he's received mixed support based on his stance on issues. The poll provided statements and asked respondents on their support levels.

On the statement "Jeb Bush has supported plans that would allow some illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. rather than being deported," respondents were almost split on their support of Bush. While 32 percent of respondents said they will more likely support Bush on allowing some undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. rather than deportation, 35 percent said they will less likely support the former Florida governor. One percent of respondents had no opinion, but 32 percent said the statement made no difference on their stance of Bush.

The statement "Jeb Bush has described illegal immigration as an "act of love" showing that illegal immigrants are concerned about their families" showed a decrease of support for Bush. The respondents who are more likely to support Bush slipped to 20 percent while 42 percent were less likely to support him. Thirty-eight percent of respondents said the statement made no difference.

The survey was comprised of 244 respondents who identified themselves as Republican and 209 independents "who lean Republican."

Bush has confirmed his interest to run for president, and he has resigned from companies that may further signal his intention for the Oval Office. According to the Los Angeles Times, Bush stepped down from Tenet Healthcare Corp., a company that reportedly profited since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare. He also ceased his consulting contract with Barclays Bank. Bush had also provided "highly paid speeches" but has stopped his services to focus on traveling the U.S.


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