While nationwide polls have consistently shown Donald Trump and Ben Carson leading the pack of Republicans seeking the party's nomination for the White House in 2016, a CQ Roll Call survey shows congressional staff members say the eventual nominee will be a current lawmaker — Sen. Marco Rubio , R-Fla.
The survey, which reflects responses from 531 Hill staff members between Oct. 26-29, also asked about the Democratic race to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was the overwhelming favorite with 99 percent of respondents saying she'll take the nomination. Sen. Bernard Sanders , I-Vt., received 1 percent of respondents' votes. Martin O'Malley, the former governor of Maryland, received no votes.
Hill staff members also weighed in on another election 2016 topic — party control of the Senate chamber.
The survey also asked about the likelihood of additional continuing resolutions and what actions Congress can take to improve its image.