A new Monmouth University poll looked at hypothetical 2016 match-ups with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee running against Republicans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), and Sen. Ted Cruz (T).
Chris Christie comes closest in national preference, trailing Clinton by just 4 points, 43% to 39%. Jeb Bush behind Hillary Clinton by 10 points, 47% to 37%, and Marco Rubio trails by 11 points, 47% to 36%. Ted Cruz is behind Clinton by a whopping 16 points, 48% to 32%.
Quinnipiac University is also out with a poll of the ‘hottest politicians,’ with Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie leading the pack:
In the poll of voter attitudes toward the country’s major political figures, the “hottest” are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The third place spot on Quinnipiac’s ”Thermometer of Voter Attitudes” is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, although the poll notes 51 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.
Christie, at 53.1 degrees on the “Thermometer,” Clinton, 52.1 degrees and Warren, at 49.2 degrees, are “hotter” than President Obama, at 47.6 degrees. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand matches the president, at 47.6 degrees, although 75 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s score is not surprising, given her lengthy political career, and [she's] especially strong support among Democrats and women,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement. ”But Gov. Christopher Christie’s rating is impressive given that his experience — less than four years as governor — pales when compared to Mrs. Clinton’ s resume. What is interesting is that only two of the 22 figures rate better than the absolute middle of the scale, not exactly a ringing endorsement of the nation’s political establishment.”
“Christie’s great strength is among independent voters, who give him 50.6 degrees of love, and Democrats, who give him 53.2 degrees,” Brown said. ”His rating on the “Thermometer” is a good indication of what may face him should he travel the 2016 campaign trail. His tougher problem may be winning the GOP nomination, because in most states only registered Republicans can vote in party primaries. For example, Christie is much hotter than Sen. Rand Paul among all voters, but trails him by a bit among Republicans.” Source: ABC News