NBC News this morning illustrated why it was naive of NBC Entertainment to have assumed it could air a Hillary Clinton miniseries before Clinton declared her intentions about another possible run at the White House, as if that formality still mattered in the rough and tumble of political life (NBC News was among the parties unhappy about the now-dead project):
NBC NEWS POLL: CHRISTIE TRAILS CLINTON IN HYPOTHETICAL 2016 MATCH-UP, FACES DIVIDED GOP
WASHINGTON, DC– Nov. 12, 2013– A new NBC News poll reveals that in a hypothetical 2016 general election match up, 44 percent of all adults would support Hillary Clinton, while 34 percent would support Chris Christie. The rest of respondents either preferred another candidate, said they would not vote, or were undecided.
The poll – conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International after Gov. Christie’s resounding re-election victory last week – also contains this other result: Democratic primary voters are significantly more unified about a potential Clinton candidacy than Republican primary are about a possible Christie bid.
Thirty-two percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents say they would vote for Christie in a GOP presidential primary, while 31 percent prefer another Republican candidate.
By comparison, 66 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning respondents say they’d back Clinton in a Democratic primary, versus just 14 percent who say they’d vote for another candidate.