Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, September 18, 2013
Bad news for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: A new Rasmussen Reports poll released Wednesday has him leading Vice President Joe Biden in a potential 2016 head-to-head matchup by a mere four points, 39 percent to 35 percent.
While Christie and Biden are each winning big among Republicans and Democrats respectfully, a whopping 24 percent of independent and 25 percent of voters who identify themselves as part of the Tea Party movement would vote for some other candidate in the race. That doesn’t bode well for Christie, who’s going to need to perform strongly among independent voters to offset the lack of conservative support he may get.
Previously released public polls had Christie holding a double-digit lead over the vice president.
Rasmussen also found that Biden leads Florida Sen. Marco Rubio 44 percent to 34 percent, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz 43 percent to 32 percent and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul 44 percent to 36 percent.
The vociferous Garden State governor has had a bit of a difficult week, dealing with the aftermath of a massive fire on the Seaside Heights and Seaside Park boardwalks sparked by utility wires damaged in last fall’s Superstorm Sandy.
Granted, as things stand Biden is unlikely to become the Democratic nominee for president in 2016. Rasmussen also reported Wednesday that former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton holds a five to one lead over Biden.
Should he decided to run, Christie has a tough road ahead of him. Last month, Rasmussen found that while Christie has a double-digit lead in the Republican primary for president, voters would rather see former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as the nominee over Christie. In addition, a Public Policy Polling study from July had Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul ahead of Christie, 16 percent to 13 percent. Other recent polls have Christie and 2012 Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan surging ahead, while the Tea Party senators’ stock continues to drop.
Rasmussen Reports surveyed 1,000 likely voters nationwide via telephone on September 16-17, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 3 percentage points at a 95 percent level of confidence.