Christie well-known but not well-liked among Republicans, new poll shows

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By MORGAN WHITAKER

Republicans know Chris Christie, but they don't like him that much.

That's a key takeaway from a Gallup poll released this week that showed the brash New Jersey governor garners the highest unfavorable numbers compared to other 2016 hopefuls. Christie's one of the better-known Republicans likely to run for president, but a whopping 31 percent of GOP voters report they have an unfavorable opinion of him. Gallup based those findings on interviews with Republicans and Republican-leaning independents, which have a margin of error of four percentage points.

See the gallery below to find out where other candidates from the GOP's 2016 pool rank:

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Christie well-known but not well-liked among Republicans, new poll shows

Rand Paul

Unfavorable Opinion: 15%

Familiarity: 64%

Favorable Opinion: 49%

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Marco Rubio

Unfavorable Opinion: 8%

Familiarity: 55%

Favorable Opinion: 47%

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Ted Cruz

Unfavorable Opinion: 13%

Familiarity: 57%

Favorable Opinion: 44%

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Chris Christie

Unfavorable Opinion: 31%

Familiarity: 71%

Favorable Opinion: 40%

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Rick Santorum

Unfavorable Opinion: 21%

Familiarity: 56%

Favorable Opinion: 35%

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Jeb Bush

Unfavorable Opinion: 20%

Familiarity: 76%

Favorable Opinion: 56%

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Rick Perry

Unfavorable Opinion: 18%

Familiarity: 66%

Favorable Opinion: 48%

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Mike Huckabee

Unfavorable Opinion: 16%

Familiarity: 72%

Favorable Opinion: 56%

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 29: Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee waves while taking the stage during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 29, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney was nominated as the Republican presidential candidate during the RNC, which is scheduled to conclude August 30. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Bobby Jindal

Unfavorable Opinion: 7%

Familiarity: 40%

Favorable Opinion: 33%

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Scott Walker

Unfavorable Opinion: 5%

Familiarity: 46%

Favorable Opinion: 41%

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Ben Carson

Unfavorable Opinion: 3%

Familiarity: 39%

Favorable Opinion: 36%

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The two other well-known Republicans among the potential 2016 poll, Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee, enjoy comparable levels of recognition but also have far more positive ratings. The former governors of Florida and Arkansas, respectively, are known by more than two-thirds of GOP voters and favored by more than half of them. Huckabee has the highest net positive, with only 16 percent reporting they feel unfavorably about him compared to 56 percent who have a favorable opinion.

The survey indicates that other likely contenders, including Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and neurosurgeon-turned-activist Ben Carson, have room to grow. All three are recognized by less than half of the Republican and Republican-leaning independents questioned, but have generally favorable ratings from those who do know them.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran in 2012, has some tough numbers to overcome as well, with only a 14 percent net positive rating and less name recognition than Christie.

But if there's one person who is the clear leader in the recent survey, it's Hillary Clinton. Among Democrats she is far and away the most popular candidate.

Check out some of the other Democrats who may run in 2016 (yes, there are a few) below:
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Christie well-known but not well-liked among Republicans, new poll shows

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton formally declared she's a candidate for 2016 in April, launching her second attempt to become the first female president of the United States. 

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is technically an Independent, but the Vermonter caucuses with Democrats in the Senate. He has flirted with a 2016 run, but may be seen as too extreme for some, as he openly calls himself a socialist. He became the ranking minority member on the Senate Budget Committee when the new GOP-controlled Congress began.

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Lincoln Chafee told CNN in April that he was running. His spokeswoman quickly countered he's not officially in the race, but noted that he has formed an exploratory committee. The former Rhode Island governor was a Republican before becoming an Independent and then a Democrat. 

(AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said he will announce whether or not he plans to run in Baltimore in late May. 

(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb has significant defense experience, and was the first Democrat to form an exploratory committee.

(AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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