Chris Christie Is the Only Potential Presidential Contender with Crossover Appeal

The numbers suggest that Christie could be the GOP's best candidate in a general election.
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Public Policy Polling's new national survey paints a rather unprecedented picture for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's 2016 aspirations -- one that is alternatively beneficial and uncomfortable.

According to PPP, Christie earns favorable ratings across political ideologies, something that hasn't been seen in a potential presidential nominee since Republican John McCain in 2008.

Overall, 40 percent of Democrats, 41 percent of Republicans, and 45 percent of Independents view Christie favorably. He is the only potential 2016 candidate who earns favorable views across party lines, something that PPP never found in the 2012 presidential race, according to the firm's director Tom Jensen.

The numbers suggest that Christie could be the GOP's best candidate in a general election. He is the only Republican who comes close to challenging potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, trailing her only 47-44 in a hypothetical matchup, according to the poll.

But his numbers also suggest that his candidacy could be doomed. Christie's net favorability rating falls significantly behind popular GOP Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who are often mentioned as two potential candidates.

Christie's favorable-to-unfavorable ratings among Republicans have fallen from a 57-25 split in December to just a 41-27 split today, according to PPP -- a net loss of 18 points.

This post originally appeared on Business Insider, an Atlantic partner site.


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