Christie Support Slides as GOP Pack Split National Vote
- Christie: 17
- Paul: 14
- Cruz: 13
- Bush: 11
- Ryan: 9
- Rubio: 7
- Walker: 5
- Kasich: 2
A new Quinnipiac poll has found that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie remains the leader in the 2016 Republican nomination race but his total support has dissipated as the number of potential Republican candidates continues to grow. Last week, we cited a McClatchy poll that saw Christie slide to 18 percent support as candidates like Sarah Palin and Rick Santorum drew small but significant amounts of the vote. This poll didn’t include candidates like Palin, Santorum, or Texas Governor Rick Perry but saw Christie slide to 17 percent of the vote.
Despite seeing his numbers slip to 17 percent, Christie remains the slight frontrunner in the Republican race, finishing 3 percent higher than Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who finished with 14 percent. In the last Quinnipiac national Republican poll taken in early October, Paul led the pack with 17 percent of the vote but all polls since have shown Christie in the lead nationally.
While Paul also slipped a bit, fellow Tea Partier and Texas Senator Ted Cruz finished third with 13 percent of the vote, a solid increase from his 10 percent back in October. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was the only other candidate to finish with double-digit support, earning 11 percent of the vote. Bush has consistently polled at 10-11 percent since polling began.
The rest of the Republican pack didn’t perform as impressively but certainly combined to draw a significant percentage of the vote. Wisconsin Congressman and former Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan earned 9 percent of the vote, down from 10 percent in October and 17 percent in the spring. Florida Senator Marco Rubio earned 7 percent of the vote, down from 12 percent in October and 19 percent in the spring. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, however, has continued to inch forward as he finished with 5 percent of the vote, up from 4 percent in October and just 2 percent in the spring.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Ohio Governor John Kasich earned 3 percent and 2 percent, respectively, and neither appears a serious threat for the nomination. Kasich has not even appeared in most polls.
There are still many minds to be made up, and changed. Seventeen percent of those polled said they are still undecided.
(Image courtesy of Gage Skidmore)