New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie falls only 4 points short of
Democrat Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical presidential contest, according to a
The national Monmouth University Poll, released Monday, shows that Christie has strong support with unaffiliated voters at the national level but is behind with Republican voters. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida all have higher ratings than Christie among Republicans.
Christie has a plus-36 net rating from members of his party, nearly matching the plus-39 for Rep. Rand Paul of Kentucky, with whom he has been sparring in recent weeks.
"While Christie and Paul duke it out in a civil liberties versus national security debate, neither of the two garners the same amount of GOP affection as Ryan, Rubio or Bush," said Patrick Murray, director of the poll. "But Christie does far better among independent voters than any of his fellow Republicans."
Christie even polls better with independent voters than Clinton does. He garners a 53 percent favorability rating, compared with the 19 percent who have an unfavorable opinion of the governor. Clinton has a 48 percent favorability rating among independents, while 38 percent say they have an unfavorable view of her.
Christie falls to Clinton, 43 percent to 39 percent, in a hypothetical matchup. It is the best showing by a GOP opponent against the former secretary of state. Next closest is Bush, who polls 10 percentage points behind.
The poll surveyed 850 registered voters across the United States June 25-30 and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.
Clinton tops all of the GOP contenders in the swing states.
"Any Republican running against Hillary Clinton would still have a tough path to 270 Electoral College votes, which are the only votes that matter," Murray said.
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