Poll: Clinton Tops Potential GOP Opponents in Pa.

Poll: Clinton Tops Potential GOP Opponents in Pa.
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Hillary Clinton leads her potential Republican challengers -- dominating several of them -- in hypothetical 2016 matchups in Pennsylvania, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Clinton beats New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, 46 percent-41 percent. In December, a month before the George Washington Bridge lane closures scandal became national news, Christie trailed the runaway Democratic frontrunner by just one point. Rick Santorum, who represented Pennsylvania in the U.S. Senate for 12 years, garners 37 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 53 percent.

Other possible Republican challengers trail by similar margins. Clinton beats U.S. Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, 53-38 and 54-34, respectively. Florida Gov. Jeb Bush receives 36 percent of the vote to Clinton’s 53 percent.

“There's former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; then there is the rest of the 2016 presidential pack,” quipped Quinnipiac University Polling Institute assistant director Tim Malloy.

President Obama earns poor approval ratings in the Keystone State. Just 42 percent approve of the way he is handling the presidency; 54 percent disapprove. However, his approval has improved three points since December.

Vice President Joe Biden -- who was born in Pennsylvania but is more associated with the president at this point than Clinton is -- would not make a good president, according to 59 percent of voters there.

Pennsylvania voters approve of their senators, Bob Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey, 47-33 and 43-33, respectively.

The survey of 1,405 registered voters was conducted Feb. 19-24 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.6 percentage points. 

Adam O'Neal is a political reporter for RealClearPolitics. He can be reached at aoneal@realclearpolitics.com. Follow him on Twitter @RealClearAdam.

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