- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie leads former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, 43 percent to 42 percent, in a new poll on the hypothetical 2016 presidential match-up.

Both candidates have their parties mostly unified behind them, but independent voters break for Mr. Christie, 48 percent to 32 percent, according to new numbers from Quinnipiac University.

Women favor Mrs. Clinton, 48 percent to 39 percent, and men favor Mr. Christie by a 47 percent to 35 percent margin. The Republican leads among white voters, 50 percent to 35 percent, while the Democrat leads 77-12 percent among black voters and 46-38 percent among Hispanic voters.

“It’s a long way off, and no one is officially a candidate yet, but the Hillary Clinton-Chris Christie race to the White House is neck-and-neck before the campaign even saddles up,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Mrs. Clinton holds a 9-point lead in match-ups against Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, and Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, and a 15-point lead over GOP Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.

By a 49 percent to 31 percent margin, voters say Mr. Christie would make a good president, and 54 percent say the same of Mrs. Clinton.

But just 24 percent said the same of Mr. Cruz, which was just behind the 25 percent mark for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Thirty-two percent said Mr. Paul would make a good president, and 34 percent said Mr. Paul, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, would make a good president.

“Sen. Rand Paul, Vice President Joseph Biden, those other guys better get cracking or they might as well head back to the stables,” Mr. Malloy said.

Two-thirds of voters support a bill to end workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and 57 percent support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the United States.

The poll of 2,545 registered voters was conducted from Nov. 6-11 and has a margin of error of 1.9 percentage points.

Thirty-two percent of respondents self-identified as Democrats, 26 percent said they were Republicans, and 35 percent said they were independents.

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