Clinton, Christie Top Presidential Pack In Pennsylvania

02.28.14 | Bob Price

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie lead the 2016 presidential pack in Pennsylvania, locked in a tie in this critical swing state, with 44 percent for Secretary Clinton and 43 percent for Gov. Christie, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

There is a big gender gap as Clinton leads 51 - 36 percent among women while Christie leads 51 - 36 percent among men, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. Independent voters go to Christie 47 - 31 percent.

Clinton tops other possible Republican contenders:
  • 51 - 38 percent over former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, the native son;
  • 52 - 40 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;
  • 54 - 36 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;
  • 52 - 36 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
The Democrat would make a good president, Pennsylvania voters say 57 - 39 percent, and Christie also would make a good president, voters say 55 - 29 percent. Vice President Joseph Biden and the other Republicans all get negative scores on whether they could do the job, including a negative 33 - 54 percent for Santorum.

"It's all hypothetical, but the 2016 White House race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie could leave us waiting for the photo finish shot," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Coming into the first turn, with a long way to go, the Clinton-Christie matchup is close, and leaves the rest of the pack in the dust."

Pennsylvania voters give President Barack Obama a negative 39 - 57 percent job approval rating, compared to his all-time low of 42 - 53 percent in an April 28, 2011, Quinnipiac University poll. The president gets negative scores of 6 - 92 percent from Republicans, 35 - 61 percent from independent voters, 36 - 62 percent from men and 42 - 52 percent from women. Democrats approve 73 - 20 percent.

U.S Sen. Robert Casey gets a 46 - 35 percent approval rating, with 45 - 34 percent for U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey.