Poll: Christie, Paul, Bush are top Republicans; Clinton still leads
April 17th, 2014
09:44 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Christie, Paul, Bush are top Republicans; Clinton still leads

(CNN) – A new survey indicates Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul and former Gov. Jeb Bush would all fare about the same in a potential presidential matchup against Hillary Clinton in 2016.

According to the Fox News Poll, released Wednesday night, the former secretary of state dominates the potential Democratic presidential field, as she does in every other poll.

Clinton comes in at the top of the Fox poll with 69% support among Democratic voters, Vice President Joe Biden is a distant second with 14%, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren has 6%.

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The Republican field is far less clear, in terms of a frontrunner. Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, takes the top spot at 15%, with Bush, the former governor of Florida, and Paul, the junior senator from Kentucky, each coming in at 14%.

In hypothetical matchups against Clinton, the three Republicans each fall short of the former senator and first lady by about the same percentage points. Clinton would outmatch Christie by eight percentage points, 50%-42%. A Clinton-Bush matchup would be 51%-42%, and a Clinton-Paul contest would also be 51%- 42%, according to the survey.

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The survey did not ask respondents about Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has placed prominently in recent polls gauging potential support for the 2016 GOP field.

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For the poll, 1,012 registered voters were interviewed by phone from April 13-15. The overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.


Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Jeb Bush • Polls • Rand Paul
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. ThinkAgain - Don't like Congress? Get rid of the repub/tea bag majority.

    Jeb has already been picked; Christie and Rant are just clowns let loose to keep the base in a tizzy opening their wallets.

    April 17, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. smith

    It will be interesting to see who comes out on top for the GOP. Im gonna say Jeb Bush, but Rand might have the best shot against Clinton.

    April 17, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - Take Back the House

    None of those republicans mentioned have a chance. Christie better worry about not getting indicted, while Bush has to worry about being a Bush and has an illegal immigration problem. And Rand Paul, well, he's Rand Paul. Hillary wins hands down.

    April 17, 2014 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    It's either going to be Romney/Christie or Bush and somebody. Either way it's going to be either Bush or Willard at the top of the ticket. People actually think the Bushes are great and they don't place one iota of blame on Jeb for the 2000 election outcome. Nope. He's completely innocent.

    April 17, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  5. Tom

    She will win this. Too many people want her to win

    April 17, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  6. Tampa Tim

    The oligarchs have already picked Jeb, so the go baggers will have to wait until next time.

    April 17, 2014 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Dead Bear

    I wonder by how many percentage points does Hillary lead all Republican candidates among young adults who don't own a land line and can't participate in these polls.

    April 17, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The survey did not ask respondents about Fox News Channel host and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who has placed prominently in recent polls gauging potential support for the 2016 GOP field."

    But why not? Doesn't Huckabee still have his own show on FOX? Wouldn't you think FOX would want one of their one at the White House taking orders from Rupert Murdoch and that other FOX owner Saudi prince?

    April 17, 2014 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. peterwimsey

    "No GOP front-runner" is great news for all of us who enjoyed the clown car spectacle of the last Presidential Primary season.

    Does any sane person believe that another Bush or a Romney re-run is going to lead to victory for the party of repression, stupidity, and small-moindedness which is the current GOP?

    April 17, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. emskadittle

    well the republicans will destroy themselves again in the primary and Hilary will win

    April 17, 2014 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. rs

    Interesting that the polling seems to be pushing the so-called moderate Republicans. Now that Christie has two bridge issues (with the closing of the Pulaski Skyway and no plan for the surface streets of Jersey City being permitted); Mr. Bush has probably already blown it with the base by saying something sane about immigration reform and Mr. Paul- well he hasn't copied his platform just yet but the early signs aren't good.
    The sad thing is these guys *could* win in a national election if they didn't have to pander to the GOP's insane, anti-American base, so they'll either not get the nomination, or they'll be so damaged having to debate Mr. Huckabee on women's libidos, or whether North Korea has more freedom (Oy!) that the Democrats can run pretty much anybody and win walking away.

    The GOP is sooooo lost right now.

    April 17, 2014 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Based on Uncle Sugar's rant against government on behalf of a dead beat welfare abusing rancher, I would say the carnival huckster could easily carry 143 electoral votes.

    April 17, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. rs

    peterwimsey

    "No GOP front-runner" is great news for all of us who enjoyed the clown car spectacle of the last Presidential Primary season.

    Does any sane person believe that another Bush or a Romney re-run is going to lead to victory for the party of repression, stupidity, and small-moindedness which is the current GOP?
    _____________________________
    The GOP's lack of attractive candidates is a given- and a significant issue. The bigger problem IMHO is they complete lack of a record since Mr. Bush left office. What in the world are they going to run on?
    "We held America back!"?
    Really, no jobs bills, no economic recovery bills, obstruction in the Senate with the highest number of filibusters, secret holds, and no votes on judges and appointed positions. The bills they did pass (mostly at the state level) makes things worse. "Shoot a black person/get out of jail free" laws; pro-discrimination laws; anti-women's rights laws, and of course their crowning achievement: "we don't want anyone but the rich to get health care" tantrums. What 54 votes to rescind the ACA?

    These dudes are toast.

    April 17, 2014 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  14. yeahright

    Dead Bear

    I wonder by how many percentage points does Hillary lead all Republican candidates among young adults who don't own a land line and can't participate in these polls.

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    Go read the polling information. They do contact cell phone users. The under 35 age group polled higher for Clinton (59%) than any other group, but with a slightly higher margin of error than the other age groups.

    April 17, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Forget 2016. Focus on 2014.

    April 17, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  16. Silence DoGood

    She is successful, savvy, experienced and a champion of the progressive philosophy.
    The main opposition to Ms.Clinton is a small group of tin foil hat folks in the dark corner mumbling B-b-benghazi.

    April 17, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Thomas

    ShePAC , Sarah Palin , Ann Coulter , Anita Bryant , Michel Bachmann .

    These are a few strong female neocon conservative right wing leaders who could bring America back to a time of greatness , like the madmen tv show .

    April 17, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. smith 1

    vote 2014 or the repos will run the senate and we all know how much work gets done when they are in charge. of course Hillary is ahead. look who the repos are thinking running.

    April 17, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    @ Thomas

    ShePAC? Seriously? There IS such a GOPerville SuperPac?

    April 17, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  20. rs

    Thomas

    ShePAC , Sarah Palin , Ann Coulter , Anita Bryant , Michel Bachmann .

    These are a few strong female neocon conservative right wing leaders who could bring America back to a time of greatness , like the madmen tv show .
    ____________________
    You do realize Madmen is fiction right? It describes perfectly what's wrong with the GOP- looking to return to a place in American History that simply didn't exist.

    April 17, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Thomas

    ShePAC , Sarah Palin , Ann Coulter , Anita Bryant , Michel Bachmann .

    These are a few strong female neocon conservative right wing leaders who could bring America back to a time of greatness , like the madmen tv show .

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You forgot phyllis schlafly.

    April 17, 2014 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @rs
    Thomas

    ShePAC , Sarah Palin , Ann Coulter , Anita Bryant , Michel Bachmann .

    These are a few strong female neocon conservative right wing leaders who could bring America back to a time of greatness , like the madmen tv show .
    ____________________
    You do realize Madmen is fiction right? It describes perfectly what's wrong with the GOP- looking to return to a place in American History that simply didn't exist.
    --------------
    That is an excellent point! That time did not exist. I have put neo-cons on the spot asking for an exact mythical year they want to go back to. Less amendments? World wars? Slavery? No votes for women? There have always been challenges and freedoms – all mixed together.

    April 17, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  23. Vence

    Jeb Bush will be the nominee!

    April 17, 2014 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |