Democrats should be worried about more than next year’s midterm elections, according to a Public Policy Polling poll released Wednesday.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie actually beats Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical 2016 match-up. He gets 45% of the vote to Clinton’s 42%.
That is the first time that he has beaten her in that poll.
Just last month, the same poll showed Hillary Clinton beating Christie by 6 points. Gee, what do you think has happened in the last month to turn Americans away from Democrats? We wonder if it might have something to do with health care.
There are two particularly good pieces of news about this poll, beyond the headline. First, PPP is a Democratic polling outfit. It’s not likely that they’re going to skew the poll to make a Republican look good.
Second, the poll was conducted among registered voters. While that’s better than polling adults (we’ve seen a lot of that lately), it’s still not as good as polling likely voters. Likely voters tend to give a more “real” assessment of the current political climate as it translates to votes at the polls. So, it’s likely that this poll is presenting the Democrats with a better picture than they really should be seeing.
PPP also had Christie beating Hillary by 7 points in the swing state of Colorado, 46% to 39%.
It’s all good news for Republicans these days.