UTICA, N.Y. – Though he has publicly denied intention to run for President in 2012, Gov. Chris Christie led the list of potential GOP candidates in a recent poll of Republican voters.
Zogby Interactive conducted a poll of Republican voters from Nov. 3-5. While 27 percent were undecided, 19 percent said that they would back Christie if he was on the 2012 Presidential ballot. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had the support of 17 percent, while 14 percent backed former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Support for Christie shows that some Republican voters may be looking for a new face and believe that neither Palin nor Romney can defeat Barack Obama,” said Pollster John Zogby. “Christie’s stance against New Jersey public employees, including teachers, is popular with conservatives. As a Governor of a state with very strong public employee unions, he can actually do what Palin and Romney can only talk about. Christie has said he is not interested in running for President in 2012, but he or some other newcomer to national politics could have a real shot at beating out Romney or Palin.”
The interactive poll of 2,185 likely voters has a margin of error of +/-2.2%.
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