According to a new McClatchy-Marist Poll released Monday, Gov. Chris Christie trails former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker by double-digit deficits in the race to secure the Republican Party’s nomination for president in 2016.With just 6 percent support from Republicans and independents leaning towards voting Republican, the poll found Christie to be 13 percentage points behind Bush, the leader of the group with 19 percent support.
Walker placed a close second with 18 percent, according to the poll. Also ahead of Christie were former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 10 percent, neurosurgeon Ben Carson with 9 percent and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) with 7 percent.
Christie did however manage to outperform the likes of U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas), former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), businesswoman Carly Fiorina and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Since December, when McClatchy-Marist last conducted a similar poll, Christie’s support has fallen from 10 percent to its current 6 percent mark. Bush has seen a steady increase from 16 percent to 19 percent now while Walker experienced the largest increase, jumping from 3 percent to 18 percent.
The poll also found that among Democrats, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintains a large lead over any potential primary challengers with 60 percent support from Democrats and Democrat-leaning independents.
“The most notable change in this poll from December is the emergence of Scott Walker as a contender for 2016,” Marist College Institute for Public Opinion director Lee Miringoff said. “On the Democratic side, Clinton is still way out in front. But, it will be interesting to see if the email issue impacts her support among Democrats moving forward or if it taps into concerns some voters have about her for the general election.”
In hypothetical presidential matchups, the poll found that while Clinton outpaces every potential Republican challenger, her lead was most narrow against Walker, by a margin of four percentage points. Bush and Rubio each hypothetically trail Clinton by seven percentage points.
A mock matchup between Clinton and Christie was not gauged by the poll.
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