Christie and Clinton In 2016 Dead Heat

An early look at the next presidential race

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are dead even in a hypothetical contest for the White House, according to a new national poll.

The newly-reelected Christie has the support of 43 percent of Americans in the survey by Quinnipiac University, while 42 percent say they would back Clinton. That’s well within the poll’s 1.9 percent margin of error. A large gender gap divides the candidates, with women supporting Clinton 48 percent to 39 percent, and men backing Christie 47 percent to 35 percent. But the Republican holds a 16-point lead among independent voters.

Christie would face a tough slog to his party’s nomination, as the GOP is increasingly fractured between tea party conservatives and more moderate Republicans, but he has the best shot of beating Clinton, the poll finds. Clinton would beat Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan by 9 percentage points, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz by 15 percentage points.

The poll found that large pluralities of Americans believe both Christie and Clinton would make good presidents. The same could not be said for Vice President Joe Biden, Paul, Cruz, or Ryan, none of whom topped 34 percent of the public believing they’d make good commanders in chief.

20 comments
romerjt
romerjt

To Time magazine:  could it be that this non-news news is why your "magazine" is a shadow of it's former self?  Just stop it.

glennra3
glennra3

Please, Time, tell us who the front runners are for 2020.



CuriousTimeReader
CuriousTimeReader

After "Elephant in the Room", would this be "Waltz of the Pachyderms"?

AlphaJuliette
AlphaJuliette

Oh! Uh....did I miss something?  Like three years out of my life or something?  Maybe I'm the victim of a long term UFO abduction.   Isn't the election about three years away...still?

Note to Mainstream Media - Stop trying to make the news.  Just report the news.  We'll find out how well Christie and Clinton will do when it's relevant.

Thank you. 

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

Seeing as the Tea Bag zealots will never let Christie come out of the GOP primary, who cares?

neverfollow
neverfollow

Didn't bother with your ridiculously premature article ...which (especially) won't mean anything by 2016.  

Just stopping in to suggest that you to find a life.

P.S. We currently have a popularly elected president, scheduled to be with us through 2016


Ohiolib
Ohiolib

Really? we have nothing better to talk about than possible contenders in an election 3 years away? Urgh.

Openminded1
Openminded1

Watch your backside Hillary, the fat man is coming on, do not get caught bending over. Or someone other then Billy bob will screw you over.

S_Deemer
S_Deemer

While this news will do nothing to deflate Christie's presidential aspirations, polling 3 years before an election is meaningless. A lot can and will happen between now and the summer of 2016, when candidates are chosen.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 I do not think they will stop him mantis, he is better then anyone they have and they know that.

tom.litton
tom.litton

@Ohiolib Agreed.  An article about possible contenders in the election next year would have been more interesting.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Ohiolib The engines are getting started Ohio, this is going to be a fight and show worth watching. they need time to prepare and find the flaws in each other and get the skels out.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@S_Deemer True Hillary could get uglier , and christie could get fatter, and Obama care might still being having problems. a lot of IF's.

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Openminded1 @mantisdragon91 Look at the comments on the Hunt for Pufferfish article from a few weeks ago. It is amazing how much hate and venom they have for this man. It almost seems like they hate him more than Obama.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@stephenmichaelso @Openminded1 Old enough to collect ss and young enough to be funny and still walk . and to old now to take politics to serious. Why how old are you, that you do not have a sense of humor . Or are you just some religious holly roller?

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@Openminded1 Hope you are right. It helps no one when one major party runs a candidate too far to either extreme.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@mantisdragon91 @Openminded1 I saw that mantis, but the GOP will have the last word on that, the tea drinkers will fight and cry and push the likes of Cruz, but know he will not have a chance over Hillary and that Cristie, unless he has some scandal come up will kick his butt.