Republicans really like Paul Ryan. But Democrats like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
Those are key findings of a new Gallup poll released Friday. It tested the public's view of five potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates: Ryan, the 2012 party vice presidential nominee; Christie; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
"The five Republican officeholders currently appear to meet two minimum factors for a successful presidential campaign: they are generally well-liked by the Republican rank-and-file, and are more liked than disliked by the larger general population," said an analysis by Gallup's Jeffrey Jones.
But, he said, Christie and Ryan offer "interesting contrasts."
His analysis: "Ryan's high favorability among Republicans but lower favorability among the general public would position him to do well in the Republican primaries, but perhaps make him a less formidable general election candidate.
"Christie, on the other hand, would appear to be a stronger general election than Republican primary candidate, given his lower favorability among Republicans but higher favorability among Democrats and Americans more generally."
"Of course, it is more than just basic likability that determines whether a candidate has success in a primary election process. (Former New York City Mayor) Rudy Giuliani was very popular prior to the 2008 primaries but fared poorly in the actual voting. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was not as well-liked but emerged as the winner of the 2012 Republican nomination process."
Ryan is rated favorably by 69 percent of Republicans. Trailing are Rubio, 58 percent; Paul, 56 percent; Christie, 53 percent and Cruz, 40 percent.