Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has a 44 percent to 34 percent over newly re-elected New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a would-be 2016 presidential match-up, a new NBC News poll shows.
Mrs. Clinton holds an overwhelming advantage among blacks — 83 percent to 4 percent — as well as adults ages 18-29 (45 percent to 31 percent) and Latinos (44 percent to 33 percent).
“Clinton is the best-known Democrat in the country who might run in 2016, with the possible exception of Vice President Biden,” said G. Evans Witt, CEO of Princeton Survey Research, which conducted the poll. “No one else is close in sheer name recognition.”
Mr. Christie has a 41 percent to 37 percent lead among whites, a 44 percent to 41 percent lead among seniors, and people with an annual income of at least $75,000 at 46 percent to 34 percent.
Thirty-two percent of Republicans and Republican leaners say Mr. Christie is their choice, compared to 31 percent who want another candidate.
“Naming just Christie divides the faithful equally into Christie, Not Christie and Don’t Know,” Mr. Witt said. “A third of the vote is not a bad showing in a party primary with [potentially] 10 candidates, but the first primary is more than two years away.”
The poll of 1,003 adults conducted Nov. 7-10 has a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points. It includes 428 Democrats or Democratic leaners (margin of error plus or minus 3.6) and 394 Republicans or Republican leaners (plus or minus 5.8).