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'More of the Same' : Some on Both Sides Ready to Ditch Dynasty Candidates for 2016

Some participants in a Colorado focus group said they're skeptical of Bush, Clinton candidacies.
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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton depart the former Governor of New York Mario Cuomo's funeral in Manhattan, New York January 6, 2015. Cuomo, a three-term governor, and a leading voice of the Democratic Party's liberal wing, he died at his home last Thursday at age 82, only hours after his son Gov. Andrew Cuomo was inaugurated for a second term. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: OBITUARY POLITICS)CARLO ALLEGRI / Reuters

Two of the leading candidates for president in 2016 have a very familiar last name -- and a bipartisan swath of Americans are not happy about it.

The political dynasties that have helped launch former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to the top of public polling about the coming 2016 race could also face a backlash from a public weary of "more of the same," said participants in a Thursday night focus group conducted on behalf of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.

"We've already had one Clinton and two Bushes," said Andrew Regan, a 28 year-old Democrat who said he supports Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "It's kind of like this oligarchy where we're run by the few."

Charlie Loan, a 52 year-old independent who leans Republican, said that he'd be willing to listen to what Bush has to say before making a final verdict.

But, he added, "I wouldn't be opposed to Congress saying 'if your last name is Clinton or Bush, you don't even get to run.'"

Asked by pollster Peter Hart how many would support such a rule, half of the group agreed.

Feelings about Bush, who announced last month that he's "actively exploring" a presidential run, were far from glowing among most of the Colorado residents participating in the group.

Asked which of a long list of potential 2016 candidates they would NOT want as their next door neighbor, nine responded Bush.

The words associated with Bush in a free-association exercise were: "Joke," "No thank you," "Clown," "Interesting," "Don't need him," "Intriguing," "Greedy," and "Bad scene."

"I just can't stand him," said Susan Brink, a 56 year-old relocation consultant who describes herself as a strict independent. "He's a Bush."

"Jeb Bush is more of the same," said Brandon Graham, a 38 year-old independent who leans Democratic. "I enjoy gas [prices] being low. I enjoy my house appreciating and I enjoy being in not any more wars."

Compare those responses to the words associated with 2016 rival Rand Paul, who enjoyed close to the same level of name recognition as Bush among the participants: "Entertaining," "Interesting," "Very intriguing," "Honest," "Freedom."

Rick Lamutt, a 40 year-old independent, joked of Paul: "Nobody hates him yet."

In the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, just 31 percent of adults said they would consider supporting Bush, the brother and son of former presidents. Half of Americans said they could consider backing Clinton.

The former Secretary of State also received a mixed reaction from the group in Colorado, which was comprised of seven independents, three Democrats and two Republicans.

The words used to describe her: "Hopeful." "Crazy." "Strong." "Spitfire." "Don't like her." "Untrustworthy." "More of the same." "Next candidate please." "A politician but gets things done."

"She's just not relatable," said Regan, the Democrat who backs Warren, whose anti-Wall Street crusades have won her progressive accolades.

In fact, half of participants said they'd pick Warren as their next door neighbor.

"She is personable and knowledgeable, and I think she's got a good handle on what's going on in the country," said Jenny Howard, a 43 year-old GOP-leaning independent.

The group's charitable attitudes towards both Warren and Paul seemed to reflect a strong sense that current lawmakers don't pay attention to the needs of the middle class.

"They want your vote, but I feel like, once they have that, the American citizens end up being voiceless," said Karstyn Butler, a 39 year-old Democrat. "We have no options."