In a head-to-head match-up against President Obama, New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie outperforms several marquee Republicans, according to a new national poll of registered voters by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™.
The president steamrolls former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin by a 20-point margin, 54%-34%. The president also wins easily - 48%-34% - over the only major Republican to have formed an exploratory committee for the 2012 election, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty. And the president handily beats the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, by 15 points, 52%-37%. Yet the New Jersey governor in his first term, and his first time in the national spotlight, closes the gap to just 6 points, running behind the president by 46%-40%.
The race for the GOP Primary:
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 800 registered voters nationwide wasconducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from March 21, 2011,through March 28, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.The crosstabs can be viewed here.