Just yesterday, NBC News released a poll that showed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie trailed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 10 points in a hypothetical 2016 match-up. But in a new Quinnipiac University poll released today, the two are virtually tied.
According to Quinnipiac’s data, 43% of Americans would back Christie, while 42% would back Clinton. However, women favor Clinton over Christie 48-39% and men favor Christie 47-35%.
Clinton has far better advantages over some other possible Republican contenders, leading both Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) 49-40% and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 51%-36%.
While the poll did not pit Vice President Joe Biden against any specific Republicans, it did ask respondents if they thought he would make a good president. While 54% of people think Clinton would make a good president and 49% think Christie would, only 25% of people said they felt the same about Biden. The only person on the list who voters felt would make a worse president was Cruz, who came in at 24%.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,545 registered voters nationwide from November 6th-11th, while NBC spoke to 1,003 adults from November 7th-10th, meaning that all of the calls in both polls came after Christie’s landslide election day victory. If anything, these two disparate polling results demonstrate just how hard it is to gauge voter intentions three years before an election.
[photo via TIME]
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