Who wins in a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?
July 12th, 2013
06:00 AM ET
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Who wins in a Clinton-Christie 2016 showdown?

Washington (CNN) – Call it a very early look at what could possibly happen in November 2016.

According to a new national poll, Hillary Clinton would top New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky in hypothetical presidential election showdowns.

But a Quinnipiac University survey indicates that Christie would top Vice President Joe Biden, with Biden and Paul dead even, in possible matchups.

According to the survey, 46% of registered voters would back the former secretary of state if she were the Democratic presidential nominee, with 40% supporting Christie if he were the GOP nominee. Clinton's six-point margin is down slightly from an eight-point advantage in a Quinnipiac poll conducted in May.

Clinton tops Paul 50%-38%, with her 12-point lead up from an eight-point advantage in May.

The former first lady, senator from New York and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate has a 55%-38% favorable/unfavorable rating, with Christie standing at 45%-18%, including a 41%-19% favorable rating among Democrats.

"Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remains the front-runner for 2016 if she chooses to run," says Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "But New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie's favorability numbers are impressive and if he can win over a solid share of those who do not yet have an opinion about him, he could be a very formidable candidate in 2016. Candidates with more than 2-1 favorability ratios don't grow on trees."

According to the poll, Christie leads Biden 46%-35%, up from a 43%-40% margin in May. And Biden and Paul are deadlocked at 42%. Paul had a four-point margin over the vice president in May.

Thirty-eight percent of those questioned said they had a favorable rating of Biden, with 44% saying they see him in an unfavorable light. According to the survey, Paul stands at 31%-28%, favorable/unfavorable.

Clinton, Biden, Christie and Paul are all considered possible contenders in the 2016 race for the White House.

The Quinnipiac University survey was conducted June 28-July 8, with 2,014 registered voters nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.2 percentage points.

– CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Polls
soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    oh please fat boy has already shown us that deep down inside he is a rethug after all.
    He did what any governor has to do when his state is devastated by nature or terrorists. That was then this is now.
    His views on choice for women speaks for itself and he IS still a bully.,

    July 12, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  2. S. B. Stein

    With the mention of Rand Paul, he shouldn't be president because he doesn't have a real understanding of the world that is here. Christie would distress our allies and anger those that we are trying to get on our side with his crudely rough language. He is too much of a bully.

    July 12, 2013 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    That showdown is not going to happen.

    July 12, 2013 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  4. Minnie Mouse

    Who is really offically running for president? Clinton-Christie, either would make good candidates/president.

    July 12, 2013 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  5. Scaddywaddydodaday

    Without a doubt, Hillary. Bet against it and see.

    July 12, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  6. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Christi might have a shot if he wasn't GOP,the house already killed the republican brand with their incompetence and obstruction!!!

    July 12, 2013 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  7. bassman

    I understand Hillary Clinton makes 200k per speech. The same people that attacked Sarah Palin for making paid speeches, now seem to have no problem with Mrs. Clinton doing the same.

    July 12, 2013 07:45 am at 7:45 am |
  8. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    This just shows that the GOP party. Of stupid and stupid voters, that's 38 present of you brain dead stupid GOP voters in regards to bland Paul!!!!

    July 12, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  9. Chris

    Just another bias liberal poll.

    July 12, 2013 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  10. Bob4683

    Agree with S.B. Stein. Neither Christie nor Paul have any foreign experience and do not exhibit the best instincts and judgement to be trusted with America's fate in world affairs. The party should embrace Jon Huntsman, a true statesman who has more foreign policy experience than all other recent candidates combined and was also a successful and effective Governor who won re-election in a landslide.

    July 12, 2013 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  11. pkrbkr3

    Hillary would make an EXCELLENT president! You go, girl! The Rs have no chance with the way they are lining up against abortion, gun legislation......and soooooo many other "just vote no" issues! Women will rule at last!

    July 12, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    bassman

    I understand Hillary Clinton makes 200k per speech. The same people that attacked Sarah Palin for making paid speeches, now seem to have no problem with Mrs. Clinton doing the same.
    -----------–
    Richard Pryor used to get 250k per speech.

    July 12, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  13. Joe

    Who wins an election still 3 years off? Really? Who cares? Gas price rose 10 cents as I pulled into the gas station yesterday? Who cares about elections 3 years from now! You're as bad as ESPN!!

    July 12, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  14. Steveo

    @Rudy NYC

    bassman

    I understand Hillary Clinton makes 200k per speech. The same people that attacked Sarah Palin for making paid speeches, now seem to have no problem with Mrs. Clinton doing the same.
    ---––
    Richard Pryor used to get 250k per speech.
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    Stay with us Rudy:
    1. Pryor is not running for anything, cause he is no longer with us
    2. He was a comedian, not politician!
    3. The remark was Clinton is doing what Palin did and got NO heat for it.
    4. Somebody want to pay somebody $200K to talk, that is fine with me. Either we have a free market or we don't! This is still America
    5. The primary point being bassman was making is there is a DOUBLE STANDARD!

    July 12, 2013 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Too many on the right wing has a serious problem understanding or recognizing sarcasm and cynical humor. They do.

    July 12, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |