Jeb Bush Rises, Chris Christie Fades and Hillary Clinton on Cruise Control for Dems

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: January 30, 2014 9:45 AM
Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton

Jeb Bush, Chris Christie, Hillary Clinton

With scandals weakening New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, two national polls released this week show former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida gaining ground in the Rupublican search for a presidential candidate. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds a strong lead over her rivals.

Christie was either at or near the top of most national polls last year, but after revelations that members of his administration orchestrated higher traffic in Fort Lee as a political payback, a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Wednesday found his standing among Republicans is dropping.

The poll shows U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., leads the Republican pack with 20 percent, with Bush right on his heels at 18 percent. Christie stands third with 13 percent, right ahead of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, with 12 percent. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., places fifth with 11 percent followed by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., while 2 percent back other candidates. Cruz and Paul also were near the top of the national polls last year.

Clinton crushes the rest of the Democratic field with 73 percent. Vice President Joe Biden places a very distant second with 12 percent, followed by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with 8 percent. Other candidates pull the support of 1 percent of Democrats.

The poll contains other bad news for Christie. When matched head to head, Clinton takes 53 percent, Christie only 41 percent. While 43 percent believe the traffic incident was isolated, 46 percent think it’s a sign of broader problems with Christie’s leadership.

The poll of 1,003 American adults was taken Jan. 20-23 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percent.

Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling (PPP) also released a national poll Wednesday showing Bush gaining, Christie slipping and Clinton romping over her fellow Democrats.

Former Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, who moved to the Florida Panhandle after his failed bid for the Republican presidential nomination back in 2008, leads the GOP field in the PPP poll with 16 percent, followed by Bush with 14 percent. Christie, who had been at or near the top of many PPP polls last year, drops to third with 13 percent, followed by Paul with 11 percent. Cruz, Rubio and Ryan all take 8 percent. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin follows with 6 percent, followed by Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana with 5 percent.

When Huckabee is taken out of the mix, Bush leads with 18 percent followed by Christie with 17 percent. Paul takes third with 13 percent, followed by Cruz with 11 percent and Paul with 9 percent. Rubio stays at 8 percent. Walker moves up to 7 percent and Jindal remains at 5 percent.

On the Democratic side, Clinton takes 67 percent while Biden and Warren are tied for second with 7 percent. U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York garner 2 percent each. Other candidates -- U.S. Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand of New York, Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, former Gov. Brian Schweitzer of Montana and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia -- take 1 percent each.

With Clinton out of the mix, Biden leads with 32 percent, followed by Warren with 16 percent. Booker and Cuomo tie for third with 7 percent, followed by Gillibrand with 3 percent, Schweitzer and Warner with 2 percent and O’Malley with 1 percent.

When both Clinton and Biden are taken out of the equation, Warren leads with 24 percent followed by Cuomo with 13 percent and Booker with 11 percent. Gillibrand takes 4 percent, Schweitzer garners 3 percent, O’Malley has 2 percent and Warner trails with 1 percent.

The PPP poll finds some of the Republicans running close to Clinton in possible general election match-ups. She beats Christie, Bush and Ryan by 2 percent and Huckabee by 3 percent. Clinton does better against Cruz, beating him by 6 percent.

The poll of 845 registered voters across the nation was taken Jan. 23-26 and had a margin of error of +/- 3.4 percent. The poll of 457 Republican primary voters was taken from Jan. 23-26 and had a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percent. The poll of 334 Democratic primary voters was taken Jan. 23-26 and had a margin of error of +/- 5.4 percent.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (5)

9:44PM JAN 31ST 2014
I know these polls are supposed to be 'scientifically accurate' but I can't help getting a feeling something is wrong. She hasn't even declared herself to be a candidate, but there's a very strong push to portray her as "the one". Why does it have to be her? "A woman" somewhere is qualified to be President, but it's not Hillary Clinton.
3:46PM JAN 31ST 2014
Well darn the Grifter JEB! moves ahead of the bully Christie in the race to the bottom for the possible Republican 2016 Presidential nominee. Note the 2016 part, this clown show still has a bunch of auditions to go before it is ready for the big top.
8:21AM JAN 31ST 2014
Chris Christie, I believe, could very well have been duped by his staff purposely in order to lower Christie's approval numbers. Of couse my opinion is based upon what Christie has stated, that he didn't know about his staff doing what they had done. Could it be that someone higher up in the Republican political ranks have called the shots on the Fort Lee fiasco? It would not be a surprise if it is so. Mr. Christie has many, many fans throughout the country because of his (in your face) directness when addressing difficulties. He is a very likeable guy and there he is so much more personable than the likes of a Paul Ryan or a Jeb Bush. Just try to converse with eother, as a citizen, and see the response you'll get from their security teams. Other candidates mentioned should not even be on any list because of their ineptness and lack of understanding the REAL people of this country. Mr. Christie just seems to be that regular Joe, who will talk with you, actually listen, and, I believe, could and would make a very, very decent President. He has plenty of time to campaign and he must have this investigation wrapped up soon. The final outcome will either make, or completely break his presidential quest.
No Surprise Here
4:47PM JAN 30TH 2014
2016 will be an instant replay of 1992. Bush vs Clinton. George HW Bush was glad to lose to his old friend Bill Clinton. GHW Bush had been running things for the most part two terms of Reagan and one of his own. Twelve years is a long time in the white house. Shouldn't people with brains wonder how a nation of over 310 MILLION people can't find just TWO people to run for president that at not named Bush or Clinton?

Because the Cabal (Illuminati) or what ever you want to call the CFR (New World Order[ists]) are going to give the US American people the choices they want to give them to make. Remember the president of the USA appoints the Chairman of the Federal Reserve too, but only from the list provided by the Federal Reserve Cabal.

They made Hillary step down for Obama because they had him programmed to to move fast and furious on their social issues at hand. Hillary has got the Democratic nomination. As for Chris Christie and some of the other Repubs who haven't paid their dues, the Cabal is and will take them down with one Karl Rove[r] orchestrated scandal after another until something sticks. The people are not stupid, they know that most of the USA don't want another Wall Street Banker, oil man and war profiteer named Bush and all rolled into one.

They will make the choices so bad on the Repub side that the people will be forced to beg for Jebbie to move in and save the USA. By then he will have his Common Core in full swing and Gulen and other Charter Schools with Ignite Learning and Pearson making millions. And of course he will have the Bush family dream of the Affordable Care Act in fully implemented as well.

2016 and beyond will make Hitler's German look like an instant replay, and just think the financier of Hitler's WW2 Prescott Bush would be very proud that what he tried to accomplish from 1939 through 1945 and beyond was finally accomplished in his two succeeding generations.
12:51PM JAN 31ST 2014
Yes, No Surprises Here . . . anyone who resorts to Cabal, New World Order, Hitler and the like to try and make his political points has real issues, regardless of party . . . . . as you so clearly demonstrate, some folks just need a little assistance with these types of mental difficulties . . . . and you know, those disorders are covered by the Affordable Care Act . . . . get some help . . . .

Pathetic . . . .

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