2016 Poll: Clinton tops GOP field in crucial state
February 20th, 2014
10:56 AM ET
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2016 Poll: Clinton tops GOP field in crucial state

(CNN) - Ohio has voted for the winning presidential candidate in each election since 1964.

So who do Buckeye State voters say may win their state in the next race for the White House?

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A new Quinnipiac University poll suggests that Hillary Clinton sweeps the field of potential Republican presidential contenders in hypothetical 2016 matchups in the crucial battleground state.

According to the survey, the former secretary of state tops New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie 49%-36% among registered voters in Ohio. Clinton and Christie were basically knotted up in November, soon after Christie's landslide re-election as governor and before the New Jersey bridge controversy went viral nationwide.

The poll also indicates Clinton leads former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush 51%-36%, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida 50%-36%, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky 51%-38%, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas 51%-34%, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the 2012 GOP vice presidential nominee, 49%-40%, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich 51%-39%.

"Of Republicans tested, Wisconsin's Paul Ryan runs best in Ohio against the former Secretary of State and Gov. John Kasich runs relatively well. But Mrs. Clinton remains far and away the leader at this point in Ohio," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Clinton, who says she'll decide by the end of this year if she launches another bid for the White House, would instantly become the overwhelming frontrunner for the Democratic nomination if she runs.

Ohio voters, by a 55%-39% margin, say Clinton would make a good president. No Republican listed on the questionnaire got a positive score on that question.

Polls conducted this early in a presidential election cycle are heavily influenced by name recognition and are often not very good indicators of what may actually occur down the road.

As for the current president, Barack Obama's approval/disapproval rating stands at 40%-55%. That's nothing to brag about, but it's an improvement from Quinnipiac's late November poll, when the President stood at 34%-61%.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Feb. 12-17, with 1,370 Ohio voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

CNN Political Research Director Robert Yoon contributed to this report.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Malory Archer


    Malory- The hatred towards dems? Are you saying that everyone treats republicans so kindly?


    I never said that. However, the Dems don't have equivalents to the draft dodger who pooped his pants or that woman who quit her job halfway through her term as governor because she didn't get to be vice president, or the president of the he-man woman haters club who has spent the better part of last year calling a woman who felt that her medical coverage should include contraceptives a whore (his word CNN, not mine) on his radio show, so yeah it is worse for Dems trying to run for office. Next question.....

    February 20, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  2. Donna

    Rudy NYC
    HIllary Clinton has a base that's more solid that of the The Great Pyramid's. It's strange watching the GOP constantly trying to turn upset the Clinton apple cart without any success. Meanwhile, what vision do Republicans have for America? I guess it looks a lot like Ted Nugent, Duck Dynasty, and semi-automatic weapons.

    Hillary's vision for America looks a lot like our dead Ambassador Stevens and a burning consulate.

    February 20, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  3. salty dog

    Hey uh, gundy/hector, why not compare her to her husbands administration, that would be the obvious. You know why, all the broken English and baby talk won't change his legacy, to you its about the affair, to people who think objectively we look at the financial status, and civil rest, unemployment, sorry we won't focus on what you want us too

    February 20, 2014 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  4. Phaerisee

    The results from Cuyahoga County should be coming in any moment now!

    February 20, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  5. salty dog

    Hillary is very involved in women's rights issues, she walks the walk on that one, but no, one of you know better, she's waging a huge war on them, genius, SMH

    February 20, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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