According to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Monday, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads Gov. Chris Christie by a double-digit margin among registered New Jersey voters in a hypothetical 2016 presidential matchup.
The poll found that 49 percent of voters would support Clinton, while just 39 percent of voters would back Christie. Clinton has enjoyed similar hypothetical leads among New Jersey voters in other polls conducted over the past year.
Furthermore, the poll found that, while Clinton has a 56 percent favorability rating among voters in the Garden State, Christie hovers at just 44 percent, down from 65 percent at the start of 2014.
“It probably makes sense that there is little movement in a hypothetical match-up two years before the actual election,” poll director and Rutgers University professor David Redlawsk said. “Still, Christie starts down double-digits in his home state if both he and Clinton are the nominees.”
At 63 percent, a majority of New Jersey voters believe Christie will decide to run for president and 55 percent believe the governor’s decision-making as of late has been geared toward a bid for the White House rather than focused on New Jersey.
However, just 41 percent of voters believe Christie’s frequent travels out-of-state for fundraising and campaigning has negatively impacted his ability to govern. The majority of voters, some 52 percent, believe Christie’s travels have had no impact on his duties.
The poll also found that, among New Jersey voters, Christie and Clinton are partisan favorites in their respective hypothetical primary challenges.
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