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Poll: Christie still worries Iowa conservatives, gives GOP best shot against Clinton
Star Ledger NJ.com ^ | July 11, 2013

Posted on 07/11/2013 2:55:03 PM PDT by SMGFan

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie gives the GOP the best chance to defeat Hillary Clinton in a presidential faceoff, but Iowa’s Republicans view him least favorably among the field of possible nominees, according to a poll out today.

The split has dogged Christie since he antagonized conservatives by praising President Obama’s leadership during Hurricane Sandy. The bipartisan tone Christie struck with the Democratic White House endeared him to New Jersey's liberal electorate, but he will need to woo Iowa’s first-in-the nation caucus-goers should he seek his party’s nomination in 2016.

“There’s absolutely no doubt that Governor Christie would be the strongest Republican in the general election,” said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling. “There’s sort of this weird dichotomy. He has the most Republicans unhappy with him, but the most moderates and independents who are happy with him.” The findings are part of a Public Policy Polling survey of Hawkeye State voters conducted July 5 to 7. The poll queried 668 Iowa voters with a 3.8 percent margin of error and a smaller group of 250 Republican caucus-goers with a 6.2 percent margin of error.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Iowa; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; election2014; election2016; iowa; newjersey; randsconcerntrolls
No to Christie. Keep him here.
1 posted on 07/11/2013 2:55:03 PM PDT by SMGFan
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To: SMGFan

Christie will flame out.


2 posted on 07/11/2013 2:55:51 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SMGFan

same cankles.


3 posted on 07/11/2013 2:56:01 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: SMGFan

PPP polls 668 Republicans because two less would show bias. /s


4 posted on 07/11/2013 2:56:18 PM PDT by SMGFan (SMGfan is not "Sub Machine Gun" fan)
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To: SMGFan

No beached whales for POTUS!!


5 posted on 07/11/2013 2:57:14 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: SMGFan
"Christie . . . gives GOP best shot against Clinton"

So says Christie's advance man.

6 posted on 07/11/2013 2:57:23 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: stephenjohnbanker

LOL.

Third Party.


7 posted on 07/11/2013 2:58:29 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: SMGFan

ultra lib polling outfit....


8 posted on 07/11/2013 2:58:46 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (Tokyo Rove is more than a name, it's a GREAT WEBSITE)
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To: onyx

: )


9 posted on 07/11/2013 2:59:05 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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To: SMGFan

... How many times must we travel down this road? Don’t nominate a conservative, most conservatives don’t bother - either don’t vote, or show lackluster support. Liberal vs liberal just means the most liberal will win the race.

Offer a choice! Or don’t even bother showing up.


10 posted on 07/11/2013 2:59:46 PM PDT by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: SMGFan
The fatter of two evils?

(I'm sorry...my bad)

11 posted on 07/11/2013 3:01:40 PM PDT by grania
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I honestly don’t think he is interested in being President.


12 posted on 07/11/2013 3:01:49 PM PDT by XRdsRev (New Jersey - Crossroads of the American Revolution)
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To: SMGFan

Christie versus Clinton. Why bother?


13 posted on 07/11/2013 3:04:11 PM PDT by grobdriver
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To: XRdsRev
I honestly don’t think he is interested in being President.

In that case, I agree with him. I'm not interested in him being President, either.

14 posted on 07/11/2013 3:06:24 PM PDT by GBA (Our obamanation: Romans 1:18-32)
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To: SMGFan

crispie creme couldn’t beat his own...........


15 posted on 07/11/2013 3:06:46 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: SMGFan

Two Election cycles and you folks still want to deny some of these polls that come out on the basis of being politically biased.

What we have learned is that

(1) Stupid people do come out in greater numbers to vote in POTUS contests.

This poll has us talking about Christie (RINO), and yet the fact Hillary Clinton is even a serious contender after all that has come out about Benghazi is astounding, but is not surprising given the growing ignorance and indifference of the voting population.

In OH, unless we run an actual conservative, it ain’t happening. Every major pollster voting model (myself included) whiffed big time on Franklin County. Coupled with Cuyahoga, Lucas, and liberal gains in Hamilton, OH is in danger of turning into PA where there won’t be enough votes in the state to make up the difference. Romney ran much better than previous GOPers in Eastern OH, particularly the coal region. These areas supported Clinton in the primaries last time around and will probably return blue if she is in the next election. The only way to counter this is to run an actual conservative candidate to contrast liberalism who can effectively articulate those principles.

Perhaps Ted Cruz will throw his hat in, now that Rubio has done himself enormous damage with the immigration issue. Maybe Rand Paul. Christie or Jeb Bush will be there, and I suspect Newt Gingrich will be back whether people want him or not. I doubt any of the other ‘12 contenders will be back.


16 posted on 07/11/2013 3:08:56 PM PDT by parksstp
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To: LibLieSlayer

He probably can’t even see his own...


17 posted on 07/11/2013 3:10:13 PM PDT by Usually_Disappointed (optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: SMGFan
“There’s absolutely no doubt that Governor Christie would be the strongest Republican in the general election,” said Tom Jensen, director of Public Policy Polling.

BS. Same old tried and disproven formula: nominate a RINO moderate who'll pander to the mushy middle and then take the conservative Replican base 100% for granted because they have nowhere else to go.

Of course, these genuises never learn that the base can and does stay home when offered another RINO. And they might some day soon learn that the conservative base can and will shift their support to independents, or even form a third party.

18 posted on 07/11/2013 3:12:42 PM PDT by Will88
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To: Will88

Christie doesn’t give the GOP a shot at anything, let alone Clinton. They are pretty much the same.


19 posted on 07/11/2013 3:13:40 PM PDT by Eva
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To: SMGFan

Dems would be nuts to run Hillary. Americans just don’t like her.


20 posted on 07/11/2013 3:17:50 PM PDT by DManA
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To: grobdriver

“Christie versus Clinton.”

Opposite sides of the same coin.


21 posted on 07/11/2013 3:17:58 PM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: SMGFan
Christie?

East Coast (Strike One!)

Liberal (Strike Two!)

RINO (Strike Three!)

Why would anyone vote for Christie when they could vote for a REAL Democrat?

22 posted on 07/11/2013 3:34:01 PM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: ZOOKER

good question


23 posted on 07/11/2013 3:39:35 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SMGFan
"Gov. Chris Christie gives the GOP the best chance to defeat Hillary Clinton". Well, ain’t that just special. I will not be voting for him, but I am sure there are enough died in the wool,true blue Republicans for him to make a respectable showing.
24 posted on 07/11/2013 3:52:45 PM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: Usually_Disappointed

I agree.


25 posted on 07/11/2013 3:58:15 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

I’ve only missed one Presidential election, 2008, because I was in hospital for emergency surgery; but if Christie is the candidate in 2016, I’m staying home! I just today received ANOTHER mailing from the RNC. It went, UNOPENED, into what was known in the Army as “the $h!tcan”.


26 posted on 07/11/2013 5:49:52 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: SMGFan

He quasi-endorsed Obama, perhaps deliberately to leave 2016 open for himself or punish Romney for not selecting him as VP. Fat piece of crap.


27 posted on 07/12/2013 5:35:57 AM PDT by Impy (Bring back the spoils system.)
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To: Tucker39

I’m with you.


28 posted on 07/12/2013 9:24:22 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (K I L L T H E B I L L !!)
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