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Swing State Polls Find Christie Weak Against Clinton

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Swing State Polls Find Christie Weak Against Clinton


By Herb Jackson, The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (TNS)

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) fares worse against Democrat Hillary Clinton than other potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders in Colorado, Iowa, and Virginia, according to a Quinnipiac University poll of crucial swing states released Wednesday.

The polls found Christie tailing Clinton by margins of 5 to 10 percentage points, while other potential candidates were in close contention in at least one of the states.

The polls matched Clinton, a Democrat and former secretary of state, against Republicans Christie, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Clinton was tied or virtually tied — meaning her lead was within the poll’s margin of error — with Bush and Paul in Virginia and with Walker and Paul in Colorado.

In all three states, Clinton’s favorability rating was far higher than the Republicans’, assistant poll director Peter A. Brown said, and Christie’s was one of the lowest.

“Several of the GOP contenders can take some solace from this poll,” Brown said. “The one GOPer for whom these numbers are a total drag is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.”

In Colorado, only 26 percent of voters had a favorable view of Christie while 47 percent of voters had an unfavorable opinion. Christie’s favorable/unfavorable rating was upside down by 28 percent to 38 percent in Iowa and 36 percent to 38 percent in Virginia.

Here’s a breakdown of head-to-head matchups for all the states if the election were held today:

In Colorado, Clinton virtually tied Paul, 43 percent to 41 percent, and Walker, 42 percent to 40 percent. She led Christie, 43 percent to 34 percent; Bush, 44 percent to 36 percent; and Huckabee, 44 percent to 39 percent.

In Iowa, Clinton topped Christie, 44 percent to 34 percent; Bush, 45 percent to 35 percent; Huckabee, 45 percent to 38 percent; Paul, 45 percent to 37 percent; and Walker, 45 percent to 35 percent.

In Virginia, Clinton and Bush tied, 42 percent to 42 percent, and virtually tied Paul, 44 percent to 42 percent. She narrowly led Christie, 44 percent to 39 percent; Huckabee, 44 percent to 41 percent; and Walker, 45 percent to 40 percent.

For the poll, live interviewers called land lines and cellphones between the fifth and fifteenth of February. The polls each had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points and surveyed 1,049 Colorado voters, 1,089 Iowa voters, and 1,074 Virginia voters.

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  1. Dominick Vila February 18, 2015

    Was a poll actually needed to determine this? Christie will have trouble defeating the janitor at the Democratic Party headquarters.

    1. Independent1 February 18, 2015

      Christie’s going to be lucky if he’s not in prison, or in the process of being tried for numerous nefarious dealings, by the time the 2016 elections roll around. The Feds are investigating new allegations against Christie as of last week. In case you haven’t seen it, see this from Yahoo News:

      Federal authorities have launched a criminal investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as members of his administration, a man at the center of the investigation told ABC News. The U.S. attorney’s office in New Jersey has interviewed former Hunterdon County Assistant Prosecutor Bennett Barlyn, who claims he was fired because he objected to Christie officials dismissing indictments against political allies of the governor. Barlyn confirmed the investigation to ABC News.

      It is true,” Barlyn told ABC News, saying he was interviewed by federal authorities at his Pennsylvaniahome this week. “I also provided the investigators with names of people I thought could furnish firsthand information.”

      Barlyn said he was not sure whether others have been questioned for the investigation. Barlyn was dismissed from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office in September 2010 and later brought a whistleblower case against the Christie administration that currently is in the discovery phase. He has consistently said he was fired for objecting to the quashing of indictments against the county’s sheriff and two subordinates — all political supporters of Christie’s.

      The Feds investigations are still in the discovery stage – it’s just a matter of time.


    2. Jon Moore February 20, 2015

      What are all these lies coming out now about Hillary taking big money from corporations to allow foreign company’s to do business in the US?

      1. Dominick Vila February 20, 2015

        FOX went wild when they found out the foreign individuals, organizations, and governments have donated as much as $2B to the Clinton foundation to be used for charitable purposes. The Foundation has been engaged in charity work since it was created after President Clinton left office, and played an important role in Haiti after that impoverished country was hit by a devastating hurricane. FOX, and I suspect GOP political strategists are waiting to see if Hillary decides to run to use these donations to tarnish her image using innuendo suggesting that she benefited financially from those donations and that the Clintons are beholden to the foreign donors. There is nothing illegal or unprecedented with foreign and domestic persons donating money to foundations involved in charity work, but that never stopped a Republican from twisting things around to destroy their opponents.

        1. Jon Moore February 20, 2015

          That sounds a lot better. But 2 billion dollars is a lot of money to accept from a foreign government when you are running for president, even if it is for charity. Fox will never let this go away.

          1. Dominick Vila February 21, 2015

            You can bet on that. The fact that most Foundations involved in charity work depend on donations from foreign and domestic sources is not going to stop FOX from insinuating that, somehow, Hillary benefited from those donations and, most importantly, that she is not obligated to protect the foreign interests/individuals that donated vast amount of money to her husband’s Foundation.

  2. Jon Moore February 19, 2015

    Why do they waste time comparing Hillary to someone on a janitor’s level? I sure hope they think she can’t run with the big dogs! Where has she been lately?

  3. Whatmeworry February 19, 2015

    Hilary weighed in, in Iowa and topped in at 425Lbs on the hog scales

    1. <whatmeworry is Dan M Ketter February 19, 2015

      Linda Ketter weighed in, in Virginia and topped in at 425Lbs on the hog scales

      1. Staci Kittern Disbrow February 19, 2015

        You look a little bit fat yourself baby!

    2. Staci Kittern Disbrow February 19, 2015

      Shouldn’t put down fat women baby! You fat yourself!


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