Poll: Clinton tops Christie in his home state
August 6th, 2014
08:27 AM ET
3 months ago

Poll: Clinton tops Christie in his home state

Washington (CNN) – Hillary Clinton is beating New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on his own turf, a new poll finds.

Fifty percent of New Jersey voters - who reelected Christie in 2013 - said they would vote for Clinton over Christie if the presidential election was held today, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released Wednesday. Forty-two percent of voters said they would pick the New Jersey governor.

Both Clinton and Christie are considered likely presidential candidates for their party and both are already making moves that hint at their presidential aspirations. Christie has raised funds across the country as head of the Republican Governor's Association, while Clinton is near the end of a two month long book tour.

Neither, however, has said they are definitely running for the job.

"As Gov. Christopher Christie traipses around the nation, his presidential potential seems alive, but former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the adopted girl next door, easily beats him in his home state," Maurice Carroll, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, wrote of the poll's findings.

Clinton also outpaces three other Republican contenders in the Garden State: She beats former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, 54%-34%, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, 55%-35%, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, 57%-34%, according to the poll.

One possible reason for Clinton coming out on top of the four other Republicans is her approval rating. According to the poll, 60% of New Jersey voters have a favorable view of Clinton compared to 38% who don't.

That's better than Christie, who has a 47%-47% favorability split, according to the poll.

That split was the good news for Christie. A majority of New Jersey voters (55%) told Quinnipiac that Christie would not be a good president; 39% said he would.

Additionally, 49% of New Jersey voters said Christie should not run for president, while 46% said he should.

The Quinnipiac telephone poll of 1,148 New Jersey voters was conducted from July 31-August 4. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percent.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    "That split was the good news for Christie. A majority of New Jersey voters (55%) told Quinnipiac that Christie would not be a good president; 39% said he would."

    Welcome to the world of reality, Governor Christie.

    August 6, 2014 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. Lumpy

    I don't see Christie as a viable sell to the base on a national level.

    August 6, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Additionally, 49% of New Jersey voters said Christie should not run for president, while 46% said he should.
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    I think those numbers are saying that 49% of voters know that Christie will not fair much better than Giuliani did back in 2008. The conservative base does not accept what I call yankee Republicans. Meanwhile, the polls says that 46% of voters may have buyer's remorse, or just simply want to send Christie on his merry way before his term is up.

    August 6, 2014 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. rick

    And by your own words you are stating that EVERY SINGLE VOTER WAS ASKED by this poll??? Thats EXACTLY how its worded.. America has a attention span longer than a goldfish does.. You might need to remember that fact before fluffing Hillarys feathers..

    August 6, 2014 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. rick

    Very interesting she is now doing the comedy shows instead of trying to sell the book. Guess when the huge amounts of money demanded for ramblings dried up. And takes only route left to her after her foot in mouth problem..

    August 6, 2014 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  6. Clyde Crashcup

    Uh-Oh! CHUNGO!!!! Madame President??? Get used to it!

    August 6, 2014 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. smith

    No big surprise here. Unless something really crazy happends Clinton will end up being the potus. The ACA won`t affect her because she`ll run on making changes to it. However, if the split in the Democrat party continues between traditional Dems and progressives that could end up making a real problem for Clinton.

    August 6, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    smith

    No big surprise here. Unless something really crazy happends Clinton will end up being the potus. The ACA won`t affect her because she`ll run on making changes to it. However, if the split in the Democrat party continues between traditional Dems and progressives that could end up making a real problem for Clinton.
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    What split in the "Democrat party" are you talking about? BTW, you stereotype yourself when say "Democrat party."

    August 6, 2014 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    I've noticed that every single GOPer is screaming the same thing. We have to stop Barack Obama. Now I do understand the Democrat/Republican thing, but what I don't understand is exactly when did it become the entire goal to defeat the POTUS? And will this trend continue once he's out of office? The GOP acts like we're fighting a civil war. Us vs them. I may be a Democrat but I don't feel that way. I didn't like Bush but it was never an us vs them thing to me
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    Interesting observations Wake Up!
    Here's wha I've observed: It is just as you pointed out. The GOPers are, have been and wil continue to be completely against anything Obama.
    They have demonstrated ad nauseum that they will even disown and vote against their own ideas and bills if the President is for them AND it might somehow benefit the middle class.
    It is not a D vs. R thing, it has been for the past 6 1/2 yrs and will continue to be a R vs. Obama thing.
    Quite unheard of that an entire political Party wants to crash and burn the President of their country by any means necessary.
    There are the Usual Suspects on this thread that refer to Bill Clinton as "former President Clinton" but will not refer to Obama as President Obama.
    So it is NOT a Dem vs. Rep thing. It has been and will continue to be a Black man in the Oval Office thing.
    When President Obama is no longer President things will go back to normal with Congress compromising with Madame President and things not being taken to dangerous extremes just to make the Black man in the Oval Office look bad.
    Additionally, Bill Clinton knows where a lot of these yahoos bones are buried a distinct disadvantage that our current POTUS did not have as Ted Kennedy, his mentor, took those secrets to his grave.

    August 6, 2014 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  10. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican political operatives must be worried and discouraged. After spending over a year trying to define Hillary in the most unflattering and negative terms, she is still polling well against all Republican hopefuls. Perhaps the personal attacks on Hillary started too early and have polarized voters to take positions that won't change over the next two years. This does not bode well for Republican chances in 2016.

    August 6, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  11. ritmocojo

    Moot issue because compared to the potential Clown Car candidates so far, Christi is way too "normal".

    August 6, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    My previous post is just my opinion of course, but I've seen too much these past 6 1/2 years to be swayed from it.

    August 6, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. old age voter

    The results of this Quinnipiac University Poll and $1.50 will get you a cup of coffee in New Jersey.

    I'll bet I can poll the people of New Jersey and get a much more favorable for Gov. Chris Christie.

    August 6, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  14. salty dog

    But they love him there, ha, they'll like him even less when they find out what he did to their train project, and why, buyers remorse indeed. When you can't win your own state in a presidential election, its telling.

    August 6, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Personally the only poll I believe is the one on Election Day, however it's going to be interesting reading the comments of those that lauded the polls stating President Obama was the worst POTUS and every poll stating he's not popular enough to run for that coveted 3rd term, or even the poll stating Will Mittens Robme would beat him now.

    Can't wait to hear what THEY have to say now.... It's not a good sign when your own state isn't behind you. Just saying.....

    August 6, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "However, if the split in the Democrat party continues between traditional Dems and progressives that could end up making a real problem for Clinton."

    I wouldn't worry too much of a "democratic" split come election time, smith. Folks tried pushing that scenario in 2008; it didn't work then and I doubt it'll work in 2016. For obvious reasons, Clinton will also pull in the votes that Obama never was going to get no matter what he said, did, or thought ... regardless of party platform ... or red state/blue state ideology. There were those who simply were NOT going to vote Obama, but will be willing to vote Clinton.

    August 6, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  17. Gurgyl

    --don't cry on ACA Law–even Kansas has benefitted by this Law, it topped the most insurers in here. It is a latest news. Almost 2 millions from this state enrolled. Ask your red states governors who are hurting their citizens by not Expanding Medicare, Medicaid. So far we have 29 million enrolled.

    August 6, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  18. Hector Slagg

    Eh,
    It is a bit early to decide who may, or may not be the next President. With the current administration's poll numbers under water, for many reasons, I doubt if even George Washington could get elected on the Democrat Ticket! But!, The great unwashed may, once again select the worst possible Candidate AGAIN!! Ignorance abounds thru out the land Now why do you suppose large Corporations are moving offshore???

    August 6, 2014 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. ChrisM

    Not a surprise. As soon as Kelly gets immunity and starts singing, Christie is toast and he knows it.

    August 6, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  20. sonny chapman

    Rick, you are in denial.Don't blame Hillary, blame your Party.

    August 6, 2014 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  21. Peace

    Nothing from Christie to bring to GOP. Not even his own State where he won twice. Way to go GOP. You seem to be stuck.

    August 6, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    This is only one poll. If its replicated, then declare it a problem for Christie.

    August 6, 2014 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  23. S.B. Stein

    As a voter in NJ, I would have mixed feelings about voting for Christie. It would get him out of the governor's office which he has shown that he can't handle properly. He is too much of an ideologue and trash talker of whoever his opponent is. The problem with that is that he would be a poor president because he can't close his mouth or speak nicely of others when he needs to which would be all the time as president.

    August 6, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  24. Reggie53

    Well if most of the people being polled are democrats what other result do you expect to get? It will be her own democrat colleagues that will sell her out for another favorable candidate. Remember 2008?????? What else can I say????? Democrats have very short memories and are not loyal at all to her.

    August 6, 2014 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  25. rs

    The GOP better win big in November as 2016 isn't looking to good for them. Mr.Christie is one of their sane electable ones......

    August 6, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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