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Second Poll Confirms: Hillary Clinton Takes Big Lead Over Chris Christie

Quinnipiac, 1/15-1/19

  • Clinton 46, Christie 38
  • Clinton 49, Paul 39
  • Clinton 49, Bush 38
  • Clinton 50, Cruz 35

Last week we saw Hillary Clinton pull away from Chris Christie in an NBC News national poll, taking a 50-37 lead. However, NBC News tends to lean to the left, and, unsurprisingly, the data in their polls tends to as well. A new Quinnipiac poll, however, has confirmed that Clinton has taken a big lead in the race after trailing the New Jersey Governor just a month ago.

The poll, conducted between January 15 and January 19, sampling 1,933 registered voters, found that Hillary Clinton leads Chris Christie in a hypothetical 2016 matchup by a margin of 46-38. In the last two Quinnipiac polls, conducted in December and November, Christie held a one-point lead over the former Secretary of State.

Prior to the last two polls, Christie had led Hillary in four of the last five major polls conducted in 2013. Clearly, the scandal-ridden governor has lost a lot of appeal and has only found himself mired in a growing list of scandals.

The rest of the potential Republican nominees may be scandal-free but they didn’t fare well either. The poll found that Hillary Clinton leads Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, 49-39. In the last two Quinnipiac polls, she led the Tea Party favorite by 7 and 9 percent.

Fellow Tea Partier Ted Cruz did even worse, trailing Hillary 50-35. In the last two Quinnipiac polls, he trailed by a similar 13-15 percent margin.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush lost ground and now trails Clinton 49-38. In the last Quinnipiac poll, he trailed by 9 percent.

When asked if Hillary Clinton would make a good president, 52 percent of respondents said they believe that she would. That includes 87 percent of Democrats polled, 50 percent of independents, and 19 percent of Republicans.

Just 35 percent say that Christie would make a good president, plummeting from 49 percent in November. Just 50 percent of Republicans said Christie would make a good president, 36 percent of independents, and 24 percent of Democrats.

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