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  • Christie: 47 favorable, 19 unfavorable
  • Bush: 29 favorable, 33 unfavorable
  • Cruz: 24 favorable, 37 unfavorable
  • Paul: 21 favorable, 29 unfavorable

new Field Poll has found that Chris Christie enjoys a very high favorability rating among both California Republicans and all California voters while Tea Party Candidates Rand Paul and Ted Cruz had among the lowest favorability rating among all potential Republican candidates. The poll also found that half of California Republicans believe the Tea Party’s influence weakens the Republican brand.

The poll, conducted between November 14 and December 2 and sampled 826 registered California voters, found that 47 percent of all California voters have a favorable view of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie while only 19 percent have an unfavorable view. Among Republicans, 59 percent had a favorable view of the GOP frontrunner while 40 percent of Democrats had a favorable view of the moderate. No other GOP candidate had higher than an 18 percent favorability among Democrats. Christie also has a 44 favorable view among independents.

A distant second in the favorability poll was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Just 29 percent of those polled had a favorable view of George W. Bush’s brother while 33 percent hold an unfavorable view. He did earn 51 percent favorablity among Republicans but just 18 percent of Democrats and 22 percent of independents have a favorable view of him.

Ted Cruz also mustered 50 percent among Republicans but just 24 percent of California voters view him favorably while 37 percent have an unfavorable view of the Texas Senator. Among Democrats, 52 percent have an unfavorable view of the Tea Partier, along with 42 percent of independents.

Rand Paul fared even worse. Just 21 percent of California voters view him favorably and a mere 36 percent of Republicans. Half of all Republicans, Democrats, and Independents said they don’t have any opinion about the Kentucky Senator.

The poll also asked respondents about their views on the Tea Party in general. Just 20 percent of voters believed the Tea Party is having a positive impact on politics while 47 percent believe it’s having a negative impact. Another 65 percent said the Tea Party hurts the Republicans’ chances in the midterms, including 48 percent of Republicans.

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When Should You Hire A Keynote Speaker When Planning An Event?

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Did you know that if you are having a meeting, event, or convention, that having a great keynote speaker is a critical part of making your gathering a success? Whether you are looking to have a light-hearted even, or a serious conference, it is critical to hire the right keynote speaker.

When Is the Right Time to Look Into a Keynote Speaker for a Big Conference?

But when should you hire your keynote speaker? In some cases, the sooner, the better. If you have  a big budget for your event, and it is a high-profile gathering in which you want a speaker at the level of former president Bill Clinton, who generally gets six figures for each speech, you may need to hire a speaker a year ahead of time, or even longer. After all, the most expensive speakers are in big demand, which means that they are hard to book.

On the other hand, keynote speakers for, say, political conventions pick their keynote speakers pretty late in the process. Instead of a year or two ahead of time, it could be only a month or two ahead of time. That is because such speakers are based on timeliness, and political victories.

For example, if there is a state political convention, and there was a big battle to get the nomination for the U.S. Senate, the keynote speaker could potentially be the politician who won the battle for the nomination. On the national level, the keynote speaker could be an ally of the person who got the presidential nomination. For example, Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, was a longtime ally of Mitt Romney and one of the first major politicians to endorse Romney. He was rewarded for that role with the honor of being the keynote speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Of course, his speech was overshadowed by Clint Eastwood and a chair, but still, Christie was given the honor.

Maybe your company is somewhere in the middle, where you need to spend some time looking for a keynote speaker, but you only need to get the speaker a few months in advance. It really depends upon your individual situation.

How Do You Get Everyone on Board for Agreeing to a Keynote Speaker?

Whether you are a business or an organization, it is important to have a policy in place in which you can decide on a keynote speaker. You do not want to have petty squabbles that prevent you from agreeing on a keynote speaker, and that could mean that you get either a lackluster speaker – or no speaker at all.

So depending upon your company or organization, you should have some sort of policy in place for picking a keynote speaker. Perhaps you have one person hiring the speaker. Perhaps it is a committee. At any rate, it is important to have some guidelines at selecting a keynote speaker. Are you looking for a motivator, a trainer, or somebody who simply puts everyone in a good mood? Deciding what type of keynote speaker you want can go a long way to finding the right keynote speaker for you. To learn more, click here.

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Lisa Swan writes for a variety of business and technology sites. She lives in New York City.



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