Quinnipiac Poll: Bridgegate Takes Toll On Christie’s Presidential Poll Numbers

The Bridgegate controversy has had a significant negative effect on national voters opinions of Governor Chris Christie as a potential president, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released today.

The governor’s net favorable ratings have taken a 26 point hit since the December 11, 2013 Q Poll. Today, American voters have a favorable opinion of Christie by 33%-30% with 34% reserving judgement.  In December, 47% had a favorable opinion of Christie, 23% unfavorable and 28% said they hadn’t heard enough.

With 65% support from Democratic voters, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has no significant competition for the 2016 Democratic nomination for president.

Clinton would beat Christie is the 2016 election were today, by a 46%-38% margin.  In the December poll, Christie edged Clinton by 1 point, 41%-40%.

Christie’s support has weakened with Republicans nationally as well.  In December he lead the crowded field and had a 4 point lead over his closest competitor, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul.  In today’s poll, Christie is in a statistical tie with Paul, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan and former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

The survey of 1933 registered voters was taken from January 15-19.  Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer’s allegations that the Christie Administration withheld Sandy Relief because he did not push through a development that Christie favored did not become public until the 18th and likely have little impact on today’s poll.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics | Tags: , , , , , , | 24 Comments »

24 Comments on “Quinnipiac Poll: Bridgegate Takes Toll On Christie’s Presidential Poll Numbers”

  1. dentss said at 4:20 pm on January 21st, 2014:

    MSN …Mission accomplished ….

  2. Time for taps said at 5:18 pm on January 21st, 2014:

    – that was fast.. Ding, ding, Libs win,yet again.. For the few NJ Repubs. left, the only hope is no impeachment or resignation, and he gets to be on the ex- governors’ panel at the next State League, though that may still be beneath him..hell, even McGreevey showed up,last year..perhaps Congressman Lonegan might be able to help, in the future- now there would be an interesting example of karma, no?

  3. Bully's need not apply said at 6:48 pm on January 21st, 2014:

    You can’t come into office and say you will be different from past governors and dump all your cronies into the Port Authority and screw it up; belittle government workers, while taking care of the rich; have your inner circle, who were formerly employed in the US attorney’s office with serious ethical issues themselves. And above all, make promises you can’t or won’t keep.

  4. Pretty much.. said at 6:57 pm on January 21st, 2014:

    Arrogance.. Downfall of many..

  5. How Long Will He Last? said at 7:32 pm on January 21st, 2014:

    Who will go first, Guadagno or CC? My Bet is CC


  6. The Bayshore Bulldog said at 9:02 pm on January 21st, 2014:

    The Tea Parties want nothing to do with that RINO Chris Christie. That’s why Ken Cuccinelli, the former GOP candidate for Governor of Virginia, wants Christie to resign as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. No real conservative, freedom-loving candidate in their right mind wants to be anywhere near Christie.

  7. Ken Cuccinelli Calls for Christie to Stepdown said at 9:11 pm on January 21st, 2014:


  8. Bob English said at 7:25 am on January 22nd, 2014:

    @ Bayshore Bulldog…..not that I’m in the habit of defending Christie but Cuccinelli’s expressed concern has to do with how effective Christie could be as head of the RGA when the media focus will be on him and not the governors he would be trying to help with their elections.

    Not sure though that I would be relying on Cuccinelli for political advice. He lost his recent race to a not particular strong candidate this past November when four years ago McDonald beat his D opponent by 18%

  9. The Clintonista ? said at 7:52 am on January 22nd, 2014:

    Are you kidding? Terry McAuliffe got so much money and support from that band of renegades, and the RINOs in Va. not only dissed that ethical and smart man, they ran a third party hack also- and he still came close- it was a disgrace- NObody could have withstood that massacre! For once, examine all the facts,for heaven’s sake!

  10. Joe D said at 8:31 am on January 22nd, 2014:

    Prediction — the partisans on the committee led by Wisniewski go down first when they are proven to have nothing other than a few overzealous members of the Gov’t team on the bridge deal. And on Hoboken, the 2nd grade handwriting that was probably crafted a week ago along with the other non-sense will be exposed as a fraud. Zimmer makes a name for herself none the less and seeks higher office in Hudson county in a year or so. By April, the Governor has surpassed all this and MSNBC goes back to berating Rubio, Ryan and Cruz (while no one continues to watch). And Tom Moran at the Ledger — now happy as a clam — goes back to being a miserable, bitter left wing editor.

  11. @Joe D said at 9:52 am on January 22nd, 2014:

    Sounds like a pretty “wishful thinking” scenario on your part. Did you watch Rachel Maddow yesterday?? Boy oh boy did she explain in a very methodical way how this is going, and how this will probably go. Not looking good I must say.

  12. Bob English said at 9:57 am on January 22nd, 2014:

    @the clintonista…McAuliffe has never held elective office before and was not known very well to VA residents until he ran and lost in a previous election. The major reason that Ken Cuccinelli lost is Ken Cuccinelli and Ken Cuccinelli’s positions on the issues.

    @Joe D: note that Christie had no issues with MSNBC when he was a frequent guest on their shows for years. As for the committee, there is still a lot to learn including who issued the order and who planned the lane closures at the GW Bridge (Nobody believes Kelly did it on her own.)

    In regards to Zimmer, time will tell if she is telling the truth. I’m sure the FBI can figure out if her diary entries are legit or not in terms of when they were written. They are also interviewing a lot of other people in Hoboken. Not very often though a person steps forward and offers to take a lie detector test (and faces serious jail time if she is lying to the feds.)

  13. Gene B. said at 11:07 am on January 22nd, 2014:

    It was a masterful attack…

    (1) Divide – Separate the rinos from the anti-rhinos.

    (2) Conquer – The stronger the initial blow, the more effective the smoke.

  14. Some people will never give up! said at 1:21 pm on January 22nd, 2014:

    It took McAuliffe 2 tries running for Va. gov., and with much likely fraud and the “help” of libs, Dems, and RINO’s, to eke out a fractional win against Cuccinelli.. if you can’t respect a man for being brave enough, in this world, to actually do what his beliefs tell him to do, and for having the guts, and organizing the biggest challenge so far by many states’attorneys general, to try and stop the horrors of Obamacare and its impact on all of us, and to fight blanket amnesty for the same reason, then you are acting as a blind, socialistic, idealogue, just like the entire current Administration, the majority of the media, and Hollywood, and you are part of our problems!..

  15. Bob English said at 3:54 pm on January 22nd, 2014:

    Maybe Cuccinelli spent too much time talking about “blanket amnesty” since there is no such thing except in the right wing media. The immigration reform bill passed by the Senate (that Republicans in the House refuse to act upon) includes a 13 year pathway with many hurdles which may or may not result in citizenship. Note that undocumented immigrants can not even apply for citizenship for 13 years…not exactly blanket amnesty!

    During those 13 years, people are subject to background checks, must pay fines built in fines, hold continuous employment and pay taxes, no public benefits, no ACA subsides and more!!!

  16. The Bayshore Bulldog said at 6:20 pm on January 22nd, 2014:

    Chris Christie is going down and he’s taking the rest of the RINOs down with him. No self-respecting conservative candidate for Governor wants to be seen anywhere near that Obama-loving RINO. Ken Cuccinelli lost for the same reason Bret Schundler lost in 2001, they were both stabbed in the back by RINO traitors.

    The good news is the Tea Parties are back and will take up the good fight after Christie and the RINOs are swept away, either in jail or political exile.

  17. Joe D said at 7:49 am on January 23rd, 2014:

    Rachael Madddow? Really? Does she still even have a TV show? If the best the haters have is this person then I’ll sleep better. She and MSNBC should change the name of the network to MS-WHC for we hate Christie. This is all about the left thinking they finally have a chance to stomp on the governor so they are throwing everything at it. Sad.

  18. Bob English said at 8:21 am on January 23rd, 2014:

    MSNBC seemed to love Christie and Christie seemed to love MSNBC when he was regularly appearing on a couple of their shows prior to Bridgegate.

  19. Ah, Mr. English? said at 10:32 am on January 23rd, 2014:

    Do you not remember that Cuccinelli also faced an independent that was funded by the DEMOCRATS?

    He lost more than enough votes there to have won if the DEMOCRATS had not been funding a clear shill.

    Why do we have to keep re-educating you?

  20. @BobEnglish said at 10:36 am on January 23rd, 2014:

    the cunard that iS known as the senate immigration reform bill has , many exceptions to all of the conditions you list that many of the immigrants will qualify for some if not all of the exceptions to the requirement to pay taxes, learn English pay fines etc.

    Read the bill and not the talking points.

  21. Bob English said at 11:07 am on January 23rd, 2014:

    @ah mr English: the idea promoted by Rush Limbaugh that Robert Sarvis was fake libertarian candidate was called an outright lie both by Sarvis and the head of the Libertarian Party and that was actually being used to smear him. Note that it started because of an 11k donation to the purple/libertarian super pack by a D leaning group or person (cant remember.)

    11k is not exactly a game changer in multi million dollar campaigns and was a very small part of money raised by Sarvis.

  22. @ Mr. English said at 1:19 pm on January 23rd, 2014:

    Apparently, it was enough to help him get enough votes to derail the Republican Candidate.


    Will you EVER face reality?

  23. @Reality said at 5:37 pm on January 23rd, 2014:

    Reality is that votes for a Libertarian candidate don’t always translate into votes for the GOP. Most Libertarians are socially progressive and would never vote for a neanderthal moralitarian like Ken Cuccinelli. They would have stayed home.

  24. View from the Observation Deck said at 12:33 am on January 24th, 2014:

    Hell is empty and all the devils are here…