Colorado Poll: Christie's Rocky Mountain High
November 20th, 2013
04:49 PM ET
9 months ago

Colorado Poll: Christie's Rocky Mountain High

(CNN) – Colorado's gone blue the past two presidential elections, but a new poll indicates Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey leading former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 showdown for the state's nine electoral votes.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Wednesday, 46% of Colorado voters say if the 2016 presidential election were held today, they'd back Christie if he were the GOP nominee, with 38% saying they support Clinton if she were the Democratic nominee. That's a change from August, when a Quinnipiac poll indicated Christie and Clinton, who are both seriously considering bids for the White House, basically tied.

In other possible 2016 matchups, Clinton's at 44% with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky at 47%; Clinton and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas are deadlocked at 44%; and Clinton's at 43%, with Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin at 45%.

"The race might be hypothetical, but the lead is very real. Coloradans showing the love for Garden State Gov. Christopher Christie, who for the first time in running well ahead of Hillary Clinton," says Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Right now, Colorado voters say Gov. Christie is the only contender who would make a good president."

Earlier this month Christie won a landslide re-election to a second term as New Jersey governor.

President Barack Obama captured Colorado in his 2008 and 2012 White House victories. But the poll indicates that his approval rating among Centennial state voters is down to 36%, with nearly six in ten saying they disapprove of the job he's doing in office.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Nov. 15-18, with 1,206 registered voters in Colorado questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report


Filed under: Chris Christie • Colorado • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Obamacare strikes AGAIN

    No problem Democrats.... looking forward to you all running on how great Obamacare is!

    November 20, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    Don't worry Hillary wins. This NJ has huge deficit in state.

    November 20, 2013 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    @Obamacare strikes,

    "No problem Democrats.... looking forward to you all running on how great Obamacare is!"

    Sadly, I can't disagree. Dems are wimps and won't full-throatedly support the program in most cases.

    November 20, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  4. Name Uche Agonsi

    what puzzles me more than the inability of Americans to realise how destructive the GOPers have been to this Administration, is the expectations of Americans to get very sound solutions to their major problems without hardship whatsoever. They seem to forget the adage that says 'nothing good comes easy'.

    November 20, 2013 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    CNN sure is worried about what's going to happen in 2016.

    Guess that is because they are in fact the propaganda network for the Democratic party.

    November 20, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. Evergreen

    If she decides to run, Hilary will develop a ground game that will help her compete for every vote. Christie will have to fight of Rand Paul, Gov. Perry, possible Gov. Walker and Ted Cruz, among others.

    November 20, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Three years is a long time and by then, Obama Care will be an accepted part of everyone's lives.

    November 20, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  8. ladies first

    single family housing coming to a town near you another form of rationing

    November 20, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. Name carl

    Dont worry Hillary will win.

    November 20, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  10. Drew

    Just like how Romney was ahead before the big show.We still have 3 years

    November 20, 2013 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    A month ago, the Republicans looked in bad shape after the shutdown. We'll see how things play out next November.... a lot of things can change. Odds are the Democrats lose a few seats in the House and Senate, but noting much changes.

    As far as 2016..., that's a long way away. Christie has to win the nomination first. Most other Republicans don't have a chance. A lot of Conservatives do not like him and it is hard to see him winning any red states during the primaries. That could lead to a Tea Party revolt and a 3rd party candidate, which would spell disaster for the GOP. Beyond that, Hillary has a lot of support and the Dems have an electoral vote edge in the general election. She will be hard to beat...

    November 21, 2013 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  12. Thomas

    @Data Driven
    @Obamacare strikes,

    "No problem Democrats.... looking forward to you all running on how great Obamacare is!"

    Sadly, I can't disagree. Dems are Data Driven
    @Obamacare strikes,

    "No problem Democrats.... looking forward to you all running on how great Obamacare is!"

    Sadly, I can't disagree. Dems are wimps and won't full-throatedly support the program in most cases.

    and won't full-throatedly support the program in most cases.

    ========

    As of yet nobody has died , been blown up or been placed in a refugee camp over the Affordable Healthcare Act.

    November 21, 2013 03:11 am at 3:11 am |
  13. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see the GOBP stuff Jeb Bush down the tea potty's throats 2012 Mitt the twit style. All of this Christie talk is for ratings.

    November 21, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |