Poll: Christie, Clinton in virtual 2016 tie
November 13th, 2013
12:49 PM ET
12 months ago

Poll: Christie, Clinton in virtual 2016 tie

(CNN) – A week after his landslide re-election, a new poll indicates Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey would be locked in a virtual tie with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if the 2016 presidential election were held today.

Forty-three percent of American voters support Christie, while 42% back the former secretary of state, according to the Quinnipiac University poll.

The one percentage point margin – a statistical tie – shows a much closer race between the two possible candidates than previous Quinnipiac polls this year, when Clinton held a steady advantage over Christie. Last month, Clinton was ahead of Christie by 13 points, 49%-36%.

The new survey was conducted days after Christie crushed his Democratic opponent in New Jersey to win a second term as a Republican governor in a deep blue state. His win, combined with a victory speech laden with national overtones, further fueled speculation that Christie is gearing up for a White House bid.

Clinton has also had a strong presence in the public eye in the last month, making high profile speeches around the country while her supporters grow more vocal in urging her to run.

"It's a long way off and no one is officially a candidate yet, but the Hillary Clinton-Chris Christie race to the White House is neck-and-neck before the campaign even saddles up," Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement about the new poll.

An NBC News survey released Tuesday, however, shows Clinton with a 10-point advantage over Christie, 44% to 34%.

According to Quinnipiac, Clinton fares better than Christie among women, while Christie has more support from men. Independent voters, however, favor Christie by a 16-point margin, 48%-32%.
The potential rivals do equally well with their respective bases. Clinton wins 85% of Democrats; Christie wins 85% of Republicans.

Among white voters, Christie beats Clinton by 15 points, while Clinton holds 65-point advantage among African-Americans. Clinton leads among Hispanics by only eight points – a sharp drop from Obama's 44-point margin over Romney in 2012.

Christie appears to be Clinton's most formidable Republican challenger. She beats Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul by nine points, 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan by nine points and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 14 points.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 2,545 registered voters nationwide by telephone from November 6-11. The sampling error is plus or minus 1.9 percentage points.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Polls
soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Jim in PA

    People already know all they need to know about Hillary, included the fictional rightwing garbage. But most people don't know anything about Christie's long trail of corruption and ethics issues. A tie now means a Clinton victory later.

    November 13, 2013 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  2. Loe

    Neither will be the candidate of their party.

    November 13, 2013 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. The REAL Truth...

    Yet another slow news day on CNN... Christie won't even make it out of the GOP primaries... and he's not going to pander to the Teapugs to make that happen. He's not conservative enough for them.

    November 13, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Sam

    Hard for me to imagine the Republicans nominating Christie. Yet he's their only hope to win.

    November 13, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
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