Clinton Leads Christie, Paul in 2016 Poll

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during the Women in Public Service Project leadership symposium, on July 9, 2013, at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.

A Quinnipiac University poll out today confirms former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s status as the front-runner for the White House in 2016, even as she has yet to decide whether to run.

Clinton leads both New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul in a  match-up of potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Christie, in turn, leads Vice President Joe Biden. Paul and Biden are tied.

Clinton, a former first lady and U.S. senator from New York, had a 46 percent to 40 percent advantage over Christie. Clinton led Christie, 45 percent to 37 percent, in a similar poll in March.

Clinton bests Paul, 50 percent to 38 percent, in the survey. Christie leads Biden, 46 percent to 35 percent. Biden and Paul were tied at 42 percent.

Today’s survey also shows Clinton viewed favorably by 55 percent and unfavorably by 38 percent of voters. Christie has a favorability rating of 45 percent, with 18 percent offering an unfavorable opinion of him.

While Clinton remains the frontrunner, “Christie’s favorability numbers are impressive and if he can win over a solid share of those who do not yet have an opinion about him, he could be a very formidable candidate in 2016,” said Peter A. Brown,  assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute. “Candidates with more than 2-1 favorability ratios don’t grow on trees.”

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