Poll says Hillary Clinton wide favorite among Pa. voters in 2016 presidential election

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to gain support among Pennsylvania voters in the race for the 2016 presidential election, a poll released this morning says.

The Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters across the state shows Mrs. Clinton, a Democrat, holds a lead over potential Republican rivals, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a Pennsylvania native.

Mrs. Clinton holds a 46-41 edge over Gov. Christie and a wider 53–37 percent margin over Mr. Santorum in Pennsylvania, a critical presidential swing state. In the Dec. 19 poll, Mrs. Clinton led Gov. Christie, 44-43 percent, and led Mr. Santorum, 51-38 percent.

Vice President Joseph Biden, a Democrat and a Scranton native, would not make a good president, Pennsylvania voters said by 59–32 percent.

“There’s former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; then there is the rest of the 2016 presidential pack,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie continues his slide down the off ramp while former Sen. Rick Santorum and Vice President Joseph Biden get zip from their home field advantage.”

Mrs. Clinton also tops other possible Republican candidates:

• 53–38 percent over U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky;

• 54–34 percent over U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas;

• 53–36 percent over former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Voters said by 59-37 percent that Mrs. Clinton would make a good president. Voters were divided, 43–42 percent, over whether Gov. Christie would make a good president, down from 55–29 percent in the Dec. 19 survey.

Pennsylvania voters polled are not satisfied with the job President Barack Obama is doing: 42 percent approve, 54 percent disapprove.

Voters approve by 47–33 percent of the job Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Casey Jr. is doing; they give U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican, a 43–33 percent approval rating.

From Feb. 19 through Monday, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,405 registered voters in Pennsylvania with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

First Published February 27, 2014 6:34 AM

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