New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie would do well in a matchup with President Barack Obama, according to a new Rasmussen poll of likely voters. The telephone survey of 1,000 adults taken Sept. 28-29 shows Obama just slightly ahead of Christie with 44 percent support compared to the governor’s 43 percent.
Christie, who apparently has not yet made up his mind about seeking the presidency, did better in a matchup with Obama than other Republicans in Rasmussen surveys taken at various times over the past month.
Only one, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, got nearly as close. In a survey taken Sept. 18-19, Obama drew 44 percent to Romney’s 41.
The other announced Republican candidates polled between 30 percent and 38 percent against Obama’s consistent 44 percent.
After Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose star has faded somewhat in recent polls, was the next Republican likely to give Obama a tough run. Perry drew 38 percent in his matchup against the president.
Christie is expected to come to a final decision in a few days on entering the race. In the latest Rasmussen poll, only 26 percent said the first-term governor would likely abandon his office to run for the White House.
Twenty percent of those surveyed said Christie should run, but 37 percent said they thought he should stay right where he is. Among those who identified themselves as Republicans, 44 percent said they don’t believe a Christie campaign is likely for the 2012 race.
“As Rick Perry has recently demonstrated, it’s easier being on the outside with people begging you to run than it is to actually run a campaign,” said Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. “Running for president is a unique role in America, and there’s no way of knowing how a candidate will perform unless they actually try it.”
Asked how they feel about Christie, 38 percent of those surveyed said they view him favorably, while 27 percent said they have an unfavorable opinion of the governor; 35 percent offered no opinion of him one way or the other.
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