Q Poll: Clinton 44, Christie 43

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton

A Clinton-v-Christie matchup would put Pennsylvania back in the column of battleground states according to the latest poll from Quinnipiac.

Former Secretary of State, former Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton led New Jersey Governor Chris Christie by 1 point, 44% to 43%.

The contest is defined by a 30 point gender gap. Clinton led women 51% to 36%, while Christie led among men by an identical margin. Clinton took self-described moderates 48% to 40%.

“It’s all hypothetical, but the 2016 White House race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie could leave us waiting for the photo finish shot,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“Coming into the first turn, with a long way to go, the Clinton-Christie matchup is close, and leaves the rest of the pack in the dust.”

Clinton led Kentucky Senator Rand Paul by 12 points, 52% to 40%. She led former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum by 13 points, 51% to 38%. She led former Florida Governor Jeb Bush by 16 points, 52% to 36%. She led Texas Senator Ted Cruz by 18 points, 54% to 36%.

The pollster didn’t test Christie against other Democrats, for instance Vice President Joe Biden.

Asked whether each of the candidates would make a good President, Clinton got the highest marks. 57% said she would make a good President while 39% said no.

Christie had the biggest net positive. 55% said he would make a good President, 29% said he wouldn’t.

The other candidates were in negative territory. Respondents said Biden would not make a good President 61% to 29%. Paul was 14 points upside down, 48% to 34%.

Bush, Cruz and Santorum each lost the “good President” question by 21 points.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,061 registered voters from December 11 to 16 with a margin of error of plus or minus 3%. Live interviewers called land lines and cell phones.

 

3 Responses

  1. I don’t think Christie will wear well with voters and won’t be the GOP nominee. The “idea” of Christie is stronger than the actual candidate just Like Giuliani. Keep an eye on Scott Walker who is a hybrid of all factions of the party but Hillary would beat him in PA.

  2. If Gore and Kerry could carry Pennsylvania, Hillary will too.

    She beat Obama in the PA primary in 2008, and Obama won the state against McCain and Romney.

    Christie can’t beat Hillary in PA.

  3. These Q numbers seem to be all over the place. The general polling consensus seems to be a close race between Christie and Clinton, but then their numbers earlier showed Corbett in better shape and almost anyone else.

    I wonder what the explanation might be. Oversampling of Republican women — who skew Clinton?

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