Bloomberg Poll: Clinton beats Christie 42-36%

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would beat Gov. Chris Christie in a 2016 presidential head-to-head, according to this morning’s Bloomberg Poll.

In hypothetical 2016 horse-race match-ups, Clinton leads Mitt Romney (45-39%), Rand Paul (45-37%), Chris Christie (42-36%), Jeb Bush (43-37%) and Ted Cruz (46-33%) among likely voters.

Americans choose Clinton as “being a strong leader” over Mitt Romney (49-42%), Rand Paul (52-34%), Chris Christie (48-37%), Jeb Bush (51-35%) and Ted Cruz (51-31%).

Americans pick Clinton as “caring about people like you” over Mitt Romney (51-40%), Rand Paul (48-37%), Chris Christie (47-36%), Jeb Bush (48-37%) and Ted Cruz (51-30%).

The poll also measures race relations in America.

Amid the protests surrounding the grand jury decisions in Ferguson and Staten Island, a majority of Americans (53%) say race relations have gotten worse under Pres. Obama.

Poll highlights on race relations:

– Most Americans (52%) say they agree with the Ferguson decision; however a majority (60%) say they disagree with the decision in the Staten Island death of Eric Garner.

Responses also showed a racial divide:

– On the Garner decision, 90% of *African-Americans say they disagreed with the grand jury; 52% of white people polled say they felt that way.

– On Ferguson, 89% of *African-Americans disagreed with the grand jury, while just 25% of white people say they did.

Seizer and Company of Des Moines, Iowa conducted the poll of 1,001 U.S. adults from Dec. 3-5. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1% points.

Bloomberg Poll: Clinton beats Christie 42-36%