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Hillary Clinton Extends Big Lead Over Chris Christie in Latest Poll

ABC News/Washington Post, 1/20-1/23

  • Clinton: 53
  • Christie: 41

With Chris Christie mired in endless scandal and a federal investigation, the Republicans may have lost the one chance they had at finding a candidate that could match Hillary Clinton’s powerhouse campaign. According to the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, Clinton now leads the New Jersey Governor by 12 percent after Christie had taken the lead over the former Secretary of State in December.

The poll, conducted between January 20 and January 23, found that Clinton leads the embattled governor by a margin of 53-41. Christie had led the former First Lady by a few points in three straight polls to close out 2013 but has now trailed Clinton by 8+ points in every January poll taken after Christie’s administration became fully embroiled in a string of scandals.

Christie, who had garnered some solid support among Democrats, now trails Clinton 90-8 among Democratic voters. He still has a 79-16 lead among Republican voters but independents are quickly abandoning him and he trails the former New York Senator 48-43 among unaffiliated voters.

The problem, of course, is his plummeting favorables. Just 35 percent of registered voters have a favorable opinion of Christie and a mere 8 percent have a very favorable view of the Governor. On the other hand, 40 percent of voters have an unfavorable view and 20 percent have a very unfavorable view of Christie.

When asked if they thought the George Washington Bridge lane closures were an isolated incident or a sign of broader problems with Christie’s leadership, 43 percent said they thought it was an isolated incident while 46 percent believe that it is a sign of bigger problems.

The poll also showed Christie slipping significantly in the Republican nomination race as well. Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan pulled out to a surprising lead with 20 percent of the vote, just ahead of Jeb Bush’s 18 percent, while Christie finished third with a mere 13 percent.

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