Poll: No Rocky Mountain high for Clinton or Christie
February 6th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
8 months ago

Poll: No Rocky Mountain high for Clinton or Christie

(CNN) – It was a crucial swing state that Barack Obama carried in both of his presidential election victories, but a new poll suggests that if Hillary Clinton's the Democratic nominee in 2016, she may have a challenge winning Colorado.

And a Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday also indicates that the George Washington Bridge controversy has hurt New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's standing with voters in the Centennial State.

According to the poll, the former Secretary of State's at 43% and Christie at 42% among registered voters in Colorado, in a hypothetical 2016 general election matchup in the race for the state's nine electoral votes.

The Garden State Governor held a 46%-38% lead over Clinton in Quinnipiac's November survey, soon after Christie's landslide re-election and before the bridge controversy landed in the national headlines. And the percentage of Coloradans who say Christie would make a good president dropped from 48% in November to 36% now.

In other potential 2016 showdowns with other possible GOP White House contenders, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, holds a 48%-43% margin over Clinton, while Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky edges out Clinton 47%-43%. In another hypothetical matchup, Clinton's at 44% and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas stands at 43%.

"Coloradans love affair with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie takes an icy February turn while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton seems frozen in place, in the run-up to the 2016 presidential race," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Competitive 2014 Senate race

Colorado Sen. Mark Udall, who could face a challenging re-election this year, has a 45%-41% approval/disapproval rating in the poll, with Colorado voters split at 42% on whether he deserves re-election. The first term Democratic Senator holds single digit advantages over five possible GOP challengers in hypothetical November 2014 matchups.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Jan. 29 – Feb. 2, with 1,139 Colorado voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.


Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Chris Christie • Colorado • Hillary Clinton • Mark Udall
soundoff (67 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    Dr. Todd

    Hillary Clinton will be grilled about her role in the murder of Vince Foster. No way she actually becomes the Democratic candidate.
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    And just who will be doing this, uh, "grilling"? If I were you I'd be more worried about Charlie Crist than Hillary Clinton, or any of a few other Democratic governors. NY's Cuomo would be formiddable candidate against any GOTP govenor you can name.

    February 6, 2014 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rudy NYC

    Yakov Lanskiy

    Hillary likes gun control. Coloradans do not. .. [sanitized by Rudy NYC]
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    This post is so appalling, that I am at a loss for words. Not only does it insult the memories of those lost in Newton, it also tramples all over the memories of those who died at Columbine and the other recent mass murders in Colorado.
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    None of that matters to the blinkered crowd, Rudy. They cannot bring themselves to sympathize with the victims because of their love affair with a killing machine.

    February 6, 2014 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. smith

    @Rudy- What is equally appalling and insulting is standing on graves of murder victims..smh

    February 6, 2014 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. bobo

    The fact Christie is STILL only down one point bodes well for him in 2016!

    February 6, 2014 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. rconatser1

    Looked at the party of all U.S. presidents to see when the last decent Republican president was. Giving a HUGE benefit of the doubt, Theodore Roosevelt had his highlights, approximately 100 years ago. Of course, that was long before the racist Dixie Democrats left the party and joined the Republicans, forever changing them into the un-American, racist party they are today.

    February 6, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy- What is equally appalling and insulting is standing on graves of murder victims..smh
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    Are you saying that it was I, who was standing on the graves of murder victims, smith?

    February 6, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  7. Gunn Sportz 2014

    2 Colorado politicians recalled after forgetting who they work for . Colorado Pro- 2nd Amendment all the way ..
    Hear That ? Thats the sound of American Freedom Ringing baby.. How anyone can vote for the most freedom hating Sons of Beaches on earth is beyond me.

    February 6, 2014 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    @Obama – The new DemocRAT poison
    Obama put the DEMOlish in DEMOcRAT. They said he walked on water. Turns out he can't even walk and chew gum.
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    Cannot walk and chew gum AND he has taken over as dictator. Think about it a minute. The conservatives parrot sure haven't.

    February 6, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  9. Silence DoGood

    @Dr. Todd
    Hillary Clinton will be grilled about her role in the murder of Vince Foster.
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    We have a winner for oldest conspiracy theory of the day. The parrots are up to Benghazi dude! Almost time to switch to Hillary's birth certificate.

    February 6, 2014 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ Bill from GA
    The context was about me referring to our President as Barry, And when I do, it is with no malice.
    I might call the VP Ol Joe, his wife Dr Jill (rather than Ms or Dr. Biden).

    I think Barry's Man Enough to take it.
    (I probably offended SOMEONE with that 'Man Enough' phrase.)
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    Ah, Bill? I read your posts. I know where you're coming from.
    Addiditonally I'm really, really good at reading comprehension.
    Lower your bristles. I took your post to MAKE my comment about how some on the right hold this president to a different standard.
    THAT is all. No reflection on you whatsoever. Sorry if I did not make that clear.

    February 6, 2014 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    P.S. Bill from GA
    Hey Bill if you were referring to me when you referenced that certain "SOMEONE" I am here to asure you that I took no offense at such a common and innocuous phrase.

    February 6, 2014 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  12. califslim

    talk talk talk i can't wait for that one of a kind comedy show called the republican booo at heroes cheer for a dying patient convention along with the ted cruz, perry, rubio and you know you can't keep sista sarah quiet republican pres primaries wow what a show CAI'T WAIT!!!!

    February 6, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    -bobo

    The fact Christie is STILL only down one point bodes well for him in 2016!
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    it shows a lack of interest in a lackluster field more than 2 years from the general election.

    February 6, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Gunn Sportz 2014

    2 Colorado politicians recalled after forgetting who they work for . Colorado Pro- 2nd Amendment all the way ..
    Hear That ? Thats the sound of American Freedom Ringing baby.. How anyone can vote for the most freedom hating Sons of Beaches on earth is beyond me.
    ***************
    nothing more liberating than killing, eh?

    February 6, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    By 2016 Christi will probably be in JAIL with MOST OF HIS STAFF!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Why dose love have to hurt so bad ?

    The first Woman President will be a Democrat .

    February 6, 2014 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @The Real Tom Paine
    -Gunn Sportz 2014

    2 Colorado politicians recalled after forgetting who they work for . Colorado Pro- 2nd Amendment all the way ..
    Hear That ? Thats the sound of American Freedom Ringing baby.. How anyone can vote for the most freedom hating Sons of Beaches on earth is beyond me.
    ***************
    nothing more liberating than killing, eh?
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    I wonder how Jethro here would feel back in 1790's Whiskey Rebellion. I think he would learn that George Washington's view of the gun owner militia was to have them march on US citizens on US soil to stop a tax rebellion on the side of the federal government. I think gun owners assume "responsibility" mean flinging their guns around and drinking beer and looking the other way when a 3 year old blows his head off from an unsecured weapon. The Founding Fathers would disagree.

    February 6, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
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