July 13, 2013
UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM, JEB IS NEXT:
Why Chris Christie could save the GOP from itself (Sean Sullivan, July 12, 2013, Washington Post)
Posted by Orrin Judd at July 13, 2013 12:18 PMChristie is viewed favorably by 41 percent of Democratic voters in a Quinnipiac University poll released Friday, compared to just 19 percent who say they view the governor in an unfavorable light. A majority of Republicans and a plurality of independents also say they have a favorable impression of Christie. Overall, Christie's fav/unfav split is 45 percent/18 percent, with 34 percent holding no opinion.That's in line with a Gallup poll released in June showing more than half (52 percent) of Democrats expressing a favorable opinion of the governor, compared to 18 percent who said they held an unfavorable view. And in New Jersey, where Christie is a substantial favorite to win reelection this fall, Democrats like the guy too. [...]But if Christie's numbers hold up over time, it will be hard to argue there is a better ambassador for the GOP to expand its reach. And the power of the electability argument that Christie would be able to make in the 2016 primary shouldn't be underestimated. Washington Post-ABC News polling consistently showed Republicans felt in the 2012 primary that Mitt Romney had the best shot in the general election.