A new poll jointly released Tuesday by Rutgers University, Siena College and Roanoke College shows that voters in New Jersey, New York and Virginia all prefer former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over Gov. Chris Christie in a potential 2016 presidential race.
According to poll numbers, Clinton leads Christie by 10 percentage points among New Jersey voters in a mock 2016 showdown and maintains a 59 percent favorability rating there compared to Christie's 48 percent.
In New York, Clinton tops Christie by more than 35 percentage points and in Virginia, leads the governor by a smaller 8-percentage point margin.
"It's early, very early, but in these three states worth 56 of 270 electoral votes needed to win, Hillary Clinton is well-liked, the top choice by margins of 4 or 5 to one in New York and Virginia and named more than twice as often Gov. Christie's home state," Siena College Research Institute Director Don Levy said.
Compared to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, both Democrats, Christie also measured in with the lowest favorability rating within his own state at 48 percent favorable to 40 percent unfavorable. Cuomo came in at 59 percent favorable to 34 percent unfavorable, and McAuliffe was rated 47 percent favorable to 33 percent unfavorable.