Several candidates for president spoke at the the National Sheriffs’ Association’s (NSA) 75th Anniversary Conference and Presidential Forum in Baltimore, MD last week. NSA members voted in the first-ever straw poll, giving top support to Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton and Ben Carson.
“Presidential candidates had a fantastic opportunity at our presidential forum to talk directly to those who are protecting Americans – and the law enforcement community was enthusiastic to hear from the candidates,” Jonathan Thompson, NSA Executive Director and CEO, said.
“Moving forward, our 3,081 elected sheriffs from across the nation and 20,000 members want to hear more presidential candidate ideas on immigration and border security, treating the mentally ill in our jails and other important criminal justice and public safety issues from those running for president. We are eager to continue the dialogue,” Thompson said.
Below are the results the NSA straw poll at the conference and presidential forum.
Overall Poll (Both Republican and Democratic)
Mike Huckabee 18.2% (93% Male, 7% Female)
Jeb Bush 16.2% (92% Male, 8% Female)
Hillary Clinton 14.3% (73% Male, 27% Female)
Ben Carson 11% (84% Male, 16% Female)
Scott Walker 9.7% (90% Male, 10% Female)
Top 4 Republican Candidates
Mike Huckabee 24.8%
Jeb Bush 22.1%
Ben Carson 15%
Scott Walker 13.3%
Top 5 Democrat Candidates
Hillary Clinton 61.8%
Joe Biden 20.6%
Bernie Sanders 11.7%
Jim Webb 2%
Martin O’Malley 2%