Poll: No Rocky Mountain high for Clinton or Christie
February 6th, 2014
01:17 PM ET
7 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. Sam M

    Can't imaging waking up next to either of them in the morning. Time for some new blood.

    February 6, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  2. Obama - The new DemocRAT poison

    JPM
    Another Democrat in the White House spells certain doom for the US.
    ----–

    Obama put the DEMOlish in DEMOcRAT. They said he walked on water. Turns out he can't even walk and chew gum.

    February 6, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  3. the gop_tea_potty_hate_@ Obama continues_4_3more_yrs

    Chris Christie should give it up already....the water has already gone under the bridge!!! LMAO

    February 6, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  4. Yakov Lanskiy

    Hillary likes gun control. Coloradans do not. A few dilettantes in the Colorado government that supported gun control to pander to some deluded big city voters in cushy homes...........will soon be defeated in further elections. You see what happened to the ringleaders of 'gun control' here in this state that lives on hunting and fishing and the great outdoors. GOD, Guts, and Guns made America great. The quiche eaters can go home to Connecticut where losers and failures are loved. Go to New Haven in that state to see how that policy works out for their workers.

    February 6, 2014 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bill from GA
    I like Barry, Support Barry. He Ain't god!
    -------------------------------------------------
    No of course he's not God Bill, even though many on the Right insist on trying to make him live up to God-like standards.

    February 6, 2014 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    would it be asking too much to at least poll a state where half the people are not high on marijuana
    -------------------------------------------------
    ROFLMAO!!
    Another good one just asking!

    February 6, 2014 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    independant jim
    I still would like to see Elizabeth Warren over both Clinton and Christie She is an Honest person and a friend of the working Middle class
    -------------------------------------
    Shhhhhhh. Don't let the cat out of the bag. Republicans will have a conniption if Liz runs. They know there's no chance in hell of any of their candidates beating her.

    February 6, 2014 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. joey

    They are both narcissistic jerks.

    Ha. Elizabeth Warren, the fake Indian, has zero chance.

    February 6, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  9. Philip Rowland

    I respect Quinnipiac, but I'm curious as to whether their surveys took into account the fact that a huge number of young people as well as Latinos only have mobile phones.
    As we learned this past election, the survey methods are still in many ways lagging the changing demographics.

    February 6, 2014 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  10. icu

    wow........unbelievably that cnn is reporting on crap with this.......run Clinton run.................the house is yours for the taking.............and yes another democratic is in office..........turned this country around in a liberal state when the republician(Taliban) cant taking people freedom to chose away..

    February 6, 2014 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  11. just asking

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?
    independant jim
    I still would like to see Elizabeth Warren over both Clinton and Christie She is an Honest person and a friend of the working Middle class
    -------------
    Shhhhhhh. Don't let the cat out of the bag. Republicans will have a conniption if Liz runs. They know there's no chance in hell of any of their candidates beating her.
    -–

    you're joking right? the woman has less of a resume than hillary clinton. she isn't even quailified to be elected assistant dog catcher.

    February 6, 2014 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  12. maruzicho

    I don't think in the southern and western states he has a big audience. It will be challenging for him to get a vote in those areas. We shall see. Hell do well with the North Eastern and Central Sates, but loses ground in these other areas. That is why many people like the Southern, Central, and Midwest candidates from these areas over many North Eastern and Western Candidates unless they have the popularity or run in combination with a candidate from the popular regions. its very traditional and most of the United States reflects these values. He has a slim chance unless he can become very popular and a big figure within a year or so.

    February 6, 2014 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Common Sense

    Hey Yakov If you need an Ak47 to hunt, you're not much of a hunter.

    February 6, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. Dudeassist

    Racist America deserves a p!g like Christy to get elected and ruin the country again like Bush/Cheney. Maybe then that'll be proof for righties that the GOP is worthless.

    February 6, 2014 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. smith

    Clinton and Christie..smh. Benghazigate and Bridgegate...smh I guess this the best from the junk pile.

    February 6, 2014 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  16. sly

    I think we all know Crook Christie will be resigning within weeks, or months, and certainly the Obese One will not run for President.

    February 6, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  17. disgusted with political games

    You really don't sound too awful independent there independant Jim with the "Republicans will have a conniption . . . " statement. (Even my spell check shows how to spell independent correctly by the by.) We don't need to start politicking so soon either. Let's hope when it is time to politic again, we all choose someone who can LEAD, GOVERN and yes even COMPROMISE. Perhaps then we can have our country back and not be so divisive and nasty.

    February 6, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Yakov Lanskiy

    Hillary likes gun control. Coloradans do not. .. [sanitized by Rudy NYC]
    -------------------------
    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.

    February 6, 2014 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  19. Dr. Todd

    Hillary Clinton will be grilled about her role in the murder of Vince Foster. No way she actually becomes the Democratic candidate.

    February 6, 2014 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. ObamaCares!

    The fat pig is on his way DOWN!!!!
    Fry Chris Crisco!!!!!
    Hillary Rules!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ObamaCares!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 6, 2014 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  21. Thomas

    shure there's a rocky mountain high..

    just look at those two candidate photo(s) and put a stick in it,

    it goes thru the roof!!

    ~peace

    thomas :)

    February 6, 2014 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. Greybeard

    I can't believe people care about something that is 33 months away.

    February 6, 2014 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  23. JC

    Why don't we at least get through the 2014 elections before we start polling about the following 2016 elections. These WAY too early polls mean nothing at this point.

    February 6, 2014 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  24. Bill from GA

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Bill from GA
    I like Barry, Support Barry. He Ain't god!
    -----------------
    No of course he's not God Bill, even though many on the Right insist on trying to make him live up to God-like standards.
    **
    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.)

    February 6, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. xray vision

    Let's check the resume of your gop, uh, there's nothing there. She has more qualifications than all the gop put together, I know reality is a tough pill for you gop, but if is what it is, a shoe in for the dems, sucks for you, and I realize your limited capacity won't allow you to accept it, your a sad sob that's for sure.

    February 6, 2014 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
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