Quinnipiac: Christie leads Clinton 45-40%

Gov. Chris Christie leads former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 45-40 percent, according to this morning’s Quinnipiac University Poll.

There is a large gender gap as women back Clinton 49-39 percent while men back Christie 51-30 percent. Independent voters back the Republican 44-35 percent.

In another matchup,  Clinton gets 45 percent  to 44 percent for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. She tops Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas 48-41 percent, and leads former Fla. Gov. Jeb Bush 47-40 percent.

Christie would make a good president, Iowa voters say 46-30 percent, and say the same about Clinton 53-42 percent. Paul gets a negative 38-42 percent on whether he would make a good president. Cruz, Bush and Vice President Joseph Biden all get bigger negative scores on how they would do in the Oval Office.

“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie pulls ahead of Secretary Hillary Clinton among Iowa voters. The change from the last time Quinnipiac University polled Iowa, July 22, when they were tied 41-41 percent, reflects a general improvement for Republicans, almost certainly related to the controversy over ‘Obamacare,’” said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Institute.

Quinnipiac: Christie leads Clinton 45-40%