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50 percent overall would vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton in a presidential match up with Mr. Christie; 16 percent of Republicans and 90 percent of Democrats agree.

37 percent overall would vote for Mr. Christie; 78 percent of Republicans and 3 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent say Mr. Christie comes across as a “strong leader”; 71 percent of Republicans and 36 percent of Democrats agree.

27 percent say he is a “bully”; 11 percent of Republicans and 38 percent of Democrats agree.

16 percent of Republicans would chose Mr. Christie if the GOP presidential primary were today; 12 percent would chose Rep. Paul Ryan, 12 percent would pick Sen. Rand Paul.

8 percent would choose Jeb Bush, 7 percent Sen. Marco Rubio, 6 percent Gov. Rick Perry and 5 percent Sen. Ted Cruz.

Source: AN NBC/Marist National Poll of 1,200 U.S, adults conducted Jan. 12-14.

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