Hillary Clinton vs. Chris Christie in 2016?

Hillary Clinton vs. Chris Christie in 2016?Hillary Clinton vs. Chris Christie in 2016?

Quinnipiac University released the results of a survey Thursday.  Voters were asked about 9 possible pairings in the 2016 Presidential election.

According to the poll, the former first lady, Democratic senator from New York and secretary of state, leads the Republican New Jersey governor 45%-37%. The survey also indicates Clinton would top Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida 50%-34% and would beat Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the House budget committee chairman and last year’s GOP vice presidential nominee, 50%-38%.

Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, believes the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State would have a huge advantage early in the campaign.  She has been in the public eye for twenty years and has been named the “most popular political figure in America”.

She was leading in the polls in 2006 when her fight for the nomination was derailed by a young African-American Senator from Illinois.

If the Democratic nominee was vice-President Joe Biden, the survey displays slightly different results.

Biden would trail Christie 43%-40% and would top Ryan 45%-42%. The three point margins in both matchups are within the survey’s sampling error. According to the poll, the vice president would lead Rubio 45%-38%.

Some Republicans continue to believe that Christie is too far to the center of the right wing.  They continue to believe that the extreme Republican strategies of those such as Karl Rove, and the philosophies of far right wingers such as Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, and Rand Paul represent the GOP.  They don’t, they are emblematic of the TEA Party.

This survey is obviously taken too early with the election 3 ½ years away, but it is intriguing.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February 27-March 4, with 1,944 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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