Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton beats up potential 2016 Republican opponents in head-to-head New Jersey match-ups, starting with homegrown Gov. Chris Christie, according to this morning’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.
Poised for a 2016 presidential run, Clinton would beat Christie 58% to 35%, according to the poll.
The former first lady would beat former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 58% to 32%; and Wisc. Gov. Schott Walker, 60% to 29%.
Clinton continues to command high favorability ratings here. Her 59% favorable to 31% unfavorable rating bests any other figures the poll tested, including President Obama (53% favorable to 38% unfavorable).
Eighty-percent of New Jersey voters say Americans are ready for a woman in the Oval Office, compared to just 16% who say they don’t think the country is ready. Half of Garden State voters hope to see a woman become president in their lifetime, although the other half says it does not matter to them personally, according to the poll.
For many, hope for a woman president is apparently related to being “ready for Hillary.” A large majority of New Jersey voters has a positive view of Clinton and her potential, with 63% saying she would make a good president overall. Respondents are very upbeat about Clinton: 70% say she has the right “look” to be president, 74% say she has the right “demeanor and personality” and 83% say she has the right amount of “experience” when considered against other potential Democratic contenders.
“During Hillary Clinton’s first campaign for president, there was a great deal of talk about how voters would respond to her gender,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “In January 2008, a CNN poll found Americans more ‘ready’ for a black president than a woman. Fast forward seven years and New Jerseyans, at least, have little doubt that the country is now ready for a woman president.”
Rutgers-Eagleton conducted its statewide poll of 813 residents from Feb. 3-10, including 694 registered voters reported on in this release. The pollsters contacted people on both cell phones and landlines. The registered voter sample has a margin of error of +/-4.2 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.