Poll: Majority don't believe Christie, Clinton explanations
March 13th, 2014
09:09 AM ET
8 years ago

Poll: Majority don't believe Christie, Clinton explanations

(CNN) – A majority of Americans don't believe the explanations by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about two controversies that continue to dog them as they seriously consider White House runs, according to a new national poll.

And another new survey indicates Clinton topping Christie by double digits in one of the most important states in the race for the White House.

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Sixty-three percent of Americans questioned in a new Bloomberg National Poll say they don't believe the Garden State's Republican governor when he said he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge controversy.

Christie's administration is facing both federal and state investigations over allegations that some of his aides closed access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge last September to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey, for not endorsing Christie's re-election. The governor has denied knowing anything about the gridlock until after it occurred and has said he knew nothing about any political mischief by members of his administration. But the controversy has put a cloud over Christie's political future.

By a 51%-41% margin, the poll indicates the public doesn't believe the former secretary of state when she says she never saw requests for more security at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi prior to the September 2012 attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead. Some Republicans have hammered Clinton over her handling of the incident.

While Clinton's favorable rating among Americans has slightly edged down from 58% last May to 56% now, the survey indicates Christie's favorable rating has fallen from 50% in June to 32% now.

According to the poll, half of Americans want Clinton to launch a second bid for the White House, with just a quarter saying they would like Christie to run for president. And if the 2016 election were held today with Clinton as the Democratic nominee and Christie as the GOP nominee, the poll indicates Clinton topping Christie 52%-39%.

Clinton makes gains against Christie in Iowa

According to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday, 48% of registered voters in Iowa say they would back Clinton in 2016 if she were the Democratic Party's nominee, with 35% saying they'd support Christie if he were the GOP nominee.

That's a change from Quinnipiac's last Hawkeye State poll, in mid-December, when Christie had a five-point 45%-40% edge over Clinton in the hypothetical battle for Iowa's six electoral votes. Since then, of course, the bridge controversy went viral, landing in the national headlines for weeks in January and February.

New numbers not adding up for Christie

The Quinnipiac poll indicates Clinton also holds double digit leads over three other possible GOP presidential contenders in 2016: Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former two-term Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Iowa holds an important spot in presidential politics, as its caucuses kick off the caucus and primary calendar. But the state also plays an important role in general elections, as it's considered a closely watched swing state with six electoral votes up for grabs. President George W. Bush narrowly carried the state in his 2004 re-election victory. Then-Sen. Barack Obama won Iowa by 10-percentage points over Sen. John McCain in 2008. Obama carried the state by a smaller six point margin in his 2012 re-election.

Clinton's dominance in the new Iowa poll comes as Obama's approval rating in the Hawkeye State remains below 40%.

"Politics is a team sport and the head of the blue team, President Barack Obama, isn't doing well in the eyes of Iowans.  But that doesn't seem to be hurting teammate Hillary Clinton who swamps potential 2016 Republican competitors among the same electorate," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted March 5-10, with 1,411 registered voters in Iowa questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.6 percentage points.

The Bloomberg National Poll was conducted March 7-10, with 1,001 adults nationwide questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.

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Filed under: 2016 • Chris Christie • Hillary Clinton • Iowa • New Jersey • Polls
soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. Gurgyl

    --it should read as "Majority do not believe Republicans".
    Yes, Hillary16.

    March 13, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Cue GOP Daffy Duck response:

    Its a lie! Its a lie!

    March 13, 2014 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  3. truth hurts but reality bites

    By a 51%-41% margin, the poll indicates the public doesn't believe the former secretary of state when she says she never saw requests for more security at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi prior to the September 2012 attack that left the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans dead. Some Republicans have hammered Clinton over her handling of the incident.
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    While Clinton's favorable rating among Americans has slightly edged down from 58% last May to 56% now
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    And these numbers were before the latest revelations of her 2008 campaign taking hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal and dirty money. But I'm sure she will deny all that as well and the LSM will continue to cover for her, just like they covered for Obama in 2012 and all the lies her told.

    March 13, 2014 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. Wake up People!

    Congratulations Fox-lite, you've accomplished your mission. You have successfully convinced people that Hillary is hiding something even after millions were spent investigating, but nothing was found, while Christy's investigation has barely started.

    Benghazi has been investigated while the bridge scandal is just getting started.

    Liberal media my eye.

    March 13, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  5. just saying

    Sixty-three percent of Americans questioned in a new Bloomberg National Poll say they don't believe the Garden State's Republican governor when he said he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge controversy.
    -–

    looks like the democrat and left wing media hit job on christie is working, just as it worked with romney. no evidence, no facts, just rumors, lies and innuendo. this is what our press has devolved to with the left running it. it is a character assassination tool of the leftists and democrats.

    and when it is all said and done and there is nothing linking christie to this prank, will the left wing media apologize and print months of front page retractions and apologies to christie? of course not.

    and when it is all said and done and there is nothing linking christie to this prank, will the democrats apologize and reimburse the taxpayers the millions and millions of dollars they wasted on their politically motivated witch hunt? of course not.

    wake up america and see the damage the left and the democrats are doing to this country. how would you like to be the target of their evil ways?

    March 13, 2014 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  6. just asking

    hey hillary! how's that russian reset going? bwahahahaha!!!! people of the ukraine sure don't think it is going well. your reset buddies are taking over their country. another great hillary clinton accomplishment.

    March 13, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  7. Anthony Ciora

    Well, no one with a lick intelligence would trust a northeastern politician.

    March 13, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    -just asking

    hey hillary! how's that russian reset going? bwahahahaha!!!! people of the ukraine sure don't think it is going well. your reset buddies are taking over their country. another great hillary clinton accomplishment.
    ***********
    Hey just asking! you want us to commit troops? Bwahahahaha!!!!!!! People in this country would love to have thir kids go off to fight, oh that's right, there's no oil involved. Any other ideas? Nope. Nothing new, another great conservative accomplishment at doing nothing.

    March 13, 2014 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  9. Sniffit

    "And these numbers were before the latest revelations of her 2008 campaign taking hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal and dirty money"

    Apparently you don't understand that story or have chosen to deliberately misrepresent what happened. But please, don't let that stop your delusions...they amuse me.

    March 13, 2014 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House

    18% compared to 2%. You do the math. Please stop trying to compare the two. Christie is done! And if Benghazi is all the right has to attack her on, they're gonna have that attack line backfire in their faces. Because what the media fails to report is that Sec. Clinton requested additional funding for embassy security and was denied by republicans in Congress. Oh how the media loves to omit FACTS.

    March 13, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    Sixty-three percent of Americans questioned in a new Bloomberg National Poll say they don't believe the Garden State's Republican governor when he said he knew nothing about the George Washington Bridge controversy.
    -–

    looks like the democrat and left wing media hit job on christie is working, just as it worked with romney. no evidence, no facts, just rumors, lies and innuendo. this is what our press has devolved to with the left running it. it is a character assassination tool of the leftists and democrats.

    and when it is all said and done and there is nothing linking christie to this prank, will the left wing media apologize and print months of front page retractions and apologies to christie? of course not.

    and when it is all said and done and there is nothing linking christie to this prank, will the democrats apologize and reimburse the taxpayers the millions and millions of dollars they wasted on their politically motivated witch hunt? of course not.

    wake up america and see the damage the left and the democrats are doing to this country. how would you like to be the target of their evil ways?
    *************
    So, you have no problem with 51% saying Hillary is not being truthful, but 63% of people are just not smart enough, and are dupes? As usual, asserting nefarious motives to the press when its your boy under the microscope is somehow justified because he has an R after his name. Grow up, and just realize press scrutiny and investigations cut both ways, junior.

    March 13, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "oh that's right, there's no oil involved. Any other ideas?"

    Yes, lithium. Afghanistan has tons of it untapped and guess what powers mobile batteries. We'll be back there eventually.

    March 13, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    The majority.......don't believe CNN........who has been guilty of gross misconduct in the media, reporting falsehoods as facts, and manipulating the news to benefit the Democratic Party.

    March 13, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  14. Lynda/Minnesota

    "wake up america and see the damage the left and the democrats are doing to this country. how would you like to be the target of their evil ways?"

    No problem, just asking. The internet is filled with political stories CNN is unwilling to print. Be careful of what you wish for though. Beyond CNN's bubble-world things aren't looking too good for the GOP. I'm going for a repeat of what we got in 2012. Candidates so willing to go out on the Limbaugh limb that they forget who they are talking to nationally and get carried away with their anti-everything democratic rhetoric. In other words, while the insults impress a certain group, those insults actually carry a great deal of weight with the other groups as well. Railing just one base is not your father's Republican party anymore. Everything is out there to be viewed and assimilated by everyone.

    March 13, 2014 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  15. Peace

    These two issues one in Benghazi and another one in the middle of the heart of New Jersey are quite different. Hillary was thousand miles away from the scene, while Christie was there, there watching and arranging the cones.

    March 13, 2014 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  16. Brian

    @The Real Tom Paine
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    Please don't ruin Daffy Duck by dragging Looney Tunes into a political poll. What did Warner Bros. ever do to you?

    March 13, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  17. JohnRJohnson

    It takes a fertile imagination to find any equivalency between Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie. Clinton's statements on the Benghazi attack have basically been validated by the a 6-month New York Times investigative report, the bipartisan Senate commission studying the attack, and official statements from the CIA. In spite of those facts, some desperate right-wingers still think they can use it to defeat Clinton in 2016. On the other hand, Chris Christie's run for president is over and done with. Either he has been behind a massive abuse of power in New Jersey trying to coerce Democratic various mayors and representatives to endorse his re-election for governor, OR he has appointed a bunch of cronies to various positions of power in his administration who have no sense of right and wrong and probably broke federal laws. Either way, Chris Christie is chitlins in 2016.

    March 13, 2014 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  18. Brian

    My local government regularly lies. Why should I believe national politicians dont lie as well?

    March 13, 2014 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  19. What's in that Tea Anyway?

    I should have said ...".rooting against the current administration"... I'm sure those that see the constant Faux newsy posts of "Just sayin" understood my point

    March 13, 2014 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  20. Dee

    Christie is not telling the truth he used the bullying pulpit to win the election and also by using 9/11 artifacts to reward Mayors who voted for him.

    The Port Authority was a money machine for he and his friends making high salaries and the people and their families suffering. He is a hands-on guy so he says, how did he not know what was happening with the bridge closing.

    March 13, 2014 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  21. Maria Delaluz

    What's the definition of insanity? Answer: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So, go ahead America vote for liar Commando Hillary or donut loving Chris Christie. If Hilary wins, yep, this country is insane – lots of crazies 'round here!

    March 13, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Rudy NYC

    "By a 51%-41% margin, the poll indicates the public doesn't believe the former secretary of state when she says she never saw requests for more security at the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi prior to the September 2012 attack...."
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    What a second. I thought Clinton also said that she had asked the Ambassador if he needed more, and that he had declined.

    March 13, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. bill

    let me get this straight. The what difference does it make, blame it on the video hag is going to tell us peons how it really is?

    March 13, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  24. Xyzick12

    Christie was set up and witch hunted. And nobody got hurt. Hilary was jibing and twisting the truth and saying "who cares" about why 4 Americans were killed by terrorists. Apples and oranges.

    March 13, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Brian

    @The Real Tom Paine
    --––
    Please don't ruin Daffy Duck by dragging Looney Tunes into a political poll. What did Warner Bros. ever do to you?
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    It helps me to laugh at the inevitable torrent of claims that the poll is biased and further evidence of the media wanting to destroy the GOP. I just focus on a pleasant memory to deal with the hate and disbelief. I do the same with most polls, since the majority are useless exercises.

    March 13, 2014 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
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