Hillary Clinton beats all potential Republican contenders in an early look at the 2016 presidential contest in Virginia.
A poll conducted by Christopher Newport University found Chris Christie has the best showing against Clinton.
Here is the complete summary from the Wason Center:
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Hillary Clinton beats all potential Republican contenders in an early matchup of the 2016 presidential contest in Virginia, according to a new survey from the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.
The survey also holds good news for embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who is the only GOP contender who makes it a close race with Clinton (41% - 43%), and who tops all of his GOP rivals in a hypothetical Republican primary.
“Hillary Clinton doesn’t just have a friend in the Governor’s Mansion, she has plenty of friends among Virginia voters,” said Dr. Quentin Kidd, Director of the Wason Center. “But Chris Christie makes it very competitive, as the only Republican who keeps Clinton’s vote among women below 50 percent.”
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (40% - 47%) and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (40% - 48%) are the only other Republicans to trail Clinton by less than double digits. “Only Paul and Rubio appear to pull significant numbers of Democrats across the ballot,” Kidd said.
No clear front-runner emerges at this stage in a hypothetical 2016 Republican primary in Virginia. Voters are very divided among the list of eight GOP contenders, though Christie leads the pack (19%), with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush a close second (18%).
In a hypothetical 2016 Democratic presidential primary, the former secretary of state takes 2 out of 3 votes (66%) against Vice President Joe Biden (19%) and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren (7%).
The poll surveyed 901 registered Virginia voters Feb. 23-28, 2014. The survey’s overall margin of error is +/- 3.3%.