2016 presidential poll: A recent Quinnipiac University poll found that Hillary Clinton would beat Chris Christie during presidential elections in 2016.
Poll findings released Thursday say that Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, would beat Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a head-to-head presidential battle in 2016.
Quinnipiac University, which surveyed nearly 2,000 registered voters from Feb. 27 to March 3, said that Clinton would probably beat any potential Republican challengers in the next election cycle.
Clinton, a former first lady and New York senator, beat Christie out 45 percent to 37 percent, the poll said.
She also lead Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio 50 percent to his 34 percent in the poll. And Clinton beat out Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin 50 percent to 38 percent.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would start a 2016 presidential campaign with enormous advantages,” stated Peter A. Brown, the assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
He added: “She obviously is by far the best known and her more than 20 years in the public spotlight allows her to create a very favorable impression on the American people.”
However, Brown said that Clinton “had very good poll numbers in 2006 looking toward the 2008 election, before she faced a relative unknown in Barack Obama.”
Also, in a theoretical head-to-head battle, Christie would beat out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo 45 percent to 28 percent, the poll found
And Christie would also trump Vice President Joe Biden 43 percent to 40 percent, the university said.
“Although some Republicans don’t think New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is conservative enough for their taste, he runs best of the three Republicans tested and would defeat two of the top Democrats,” Brown added. “He obviously is doing better than the Democrats’ rising star, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, despite other indications of anti-Republican sentiment.”
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