Even though the election isn’t for another three years, speculation and rampant polling regarding 2016 have already been afoot for months. And while many hopefuls have emerged from the cesspool that is the national politics popularity contest, two have risen to the top of nearly every poll conducted so far: Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie.
According to a poll conducted by CNN and ORC International Survey, when pitted against each other Clinton and Christie are virtually tied with 42 percent and 41 percent, respectively — well within the poll’s margin of error. When pitted against their potential primary opponents, Clinton and Christie are the clear winners.
Clinton is walloping all possible Democratic 2016 contenders. Sixty-three percent of Democrats and Independents who lean Democratic would vote for the former secretary of state and first lady, with Vice President Joe Biden coming in a distant second with only 12 percent.
Christie has a narrower lead among Republicans. Twenty-four percent of Republicans and independents who lean Republican say they would support Christie’s nomination, with Kentucky’s Rand Paul coming in second with 13 percent. Back in September when CNN last conducted this poll, Christie was virtually tied with former VP candidate Paul Ryan with Christie at 17 percent and Ryan at 16 percent. Ryan now comes in a distant third with 11 percent of the vote.