In an early look at the 2016 presidential campaign, 43 percent of American voters back Gov. Chris Christie, while 42 percent back Democrat and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.
Clinton has leads of nine points or more against other possible Republican contenders, the poll finds:
- 49 – 40 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
- 51 – 36 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
- 49 – 40 percent over U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Women support Clinton 48 – 39 percent while men go Republican 47 – 35 percent. Independent voters back Christie 48 – 32 percent, with Democrats for Clinton 85 – 6 percent and Republicans for Christie 85 – 5 percent.
White voters back Christie 50 – 35 percent with Clinton ahead 77 – 12 percent among black voters and 46 – 38 percent among Hispanic voters.
“It’s a long way off and no one is officially a candidate yet, but the Hillary Clinton-Chris Christie race to the White House is neck-and-neck before the campaign even saddles up,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“Sen. Rand Paul, Vice President Joseph Biden, those other guys better get cracking or they might as well head back to the stables.”
From Nov. 6 – 11, Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,545 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 1.9 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.