Poll: Clinton's Lead Below 50% Against Bush or Christie

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 06:55 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Chris Christie hold former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to leads of under 50 percent in a new poll by Zogby Analytics.

In the survey of 902 likely voters taken May 21-22, Clinton leads Bush, the former Florida governor, 49 percent to 32 percent.

Fourteen percent of those responding to the online survey said they would vote for "someone else" if the election were held today, while 5 percent were unsure of how they would vote.

Clinton, who has not decided whether to seek the White House as a Democrat in 2016, fared similarly in a match-up against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, with 47 percent going for Clinton, 33 percent going for Christie, 14 percent also preferring someone else and 6 percent being undecided.

"Clinton has lost a few points and is now under 50 percent against two moderate potential challengers," pollster John Zogby, the firm's managing director, said of the data. He noted that while Bush and Christie are "well known and the fact that they are polling in the mid-30s is not a good sign for the GOP at all."

In addition, the fact that "double-digit percentages" of respondents are indicating they would select another candidate "opens up a lot of questions about turnout and the weaknesses of both parties," Zogby said.

In another possible contest, Clinton also would beat Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul by 17 points, 51-34 percent, according to the Zogby survey. Ten percent of the voters said they would vote for someone else, while 6 percent are not sure.

None of the Republicans have announced their intentions to seek the presidency in 2016.

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