Christie strongest polling Republican in Iowa according to new Quinnipiac poll

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the strongest polling Republican in the crucial Hawkeye state, according to a new Quinnipiac University study released Monday.

The outspoken governor, who is expected to win reelection this November by a landslide, is in a dead heat with presumptive frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a general election head-to-head ballot, with each candidate mustering 41 percent of the vote. Christie also leads Vice President Joe Biden by double-digits, 52 percent to 48 percent.

Christie has a tough road ahead of him should he decide to run for president, as his willingness to work with Democrats – in particular President Obama – has caused him ire among the conservative base of the party. The most blatant example of this disdain was when he was famously snubbed by the American Conservative Union earlier this year when they declined to invite him to the Conservative Political Action Conference in March. He has recently worked to appease the party base, however, blasting the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8 last month.

According to the poll, Christie is able to fare better in the general election than other, more traditional conservatives like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, because of this trait. Christie is tied in the polls with Clinton among the all-important Independent voters, and holds a whopping 52 percent to 21 percent lead over Biden with the group as well.

Walker, the only other Republican that Quinnipiac surveyed in the presidential race and who became a national star for fighting the unions in his home state, trails Clinton by 13 points and is statistically tied with Biden among all Iowan voters.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,256 registered voter in Iowa from July 15-17, 2013. The margin of error for the study is +/- 2.8 percent at a 95 percent confidence level.

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