WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A new survey finds that a majority of Arizona Republicans do not want Sen. John McCain to run for re-election in 2016.

The poll done by Citizens United Political Victory Fund finds that 64 percent of Republican primary voters in Arizona would elect a new person as senator instead of the 5-time Arizona senator.

“Although his job approval-disapproval rating among Republicans statewide is evenlysplit, and his image is slightly underwater (47.7% favorable, 51.4% unfavorable), it is the fact that Republican Primary voters in Arizona are over twice as likely to elect “a new person” (64.2%) than they are to re-elect McCain (29.3%) that spells trouble,” the poll stated.

Nearly 61 percent of those voters polled said they would vote for a different Republican if the Republican primary was held tomorrow. Just over 30 percent said they would vote for McCain.

Last October the 2008 Republican presidential nominee hinted he might run for a sixth term when he’s 80 in 2016.

“I’m seriously thinking about maybe giving another opportunity for you to vote for or against me in a few years from now,” McCain told KFYI-AM at the time. “I’m seriously giving that a lot of thought.”

Citizens United Political Victory Fund’s mission “is to support conservative candidates running for federal office who share Citizens United’s vision of reducing the size and scope of government, lowering taxes, cutting spending, promoting traditional family values, and winning the war on terror.”

The group polled 600 likely 2016 Republican primary voters from April 11-12.


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