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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (Photo: Gage Skidmore).

No support for Christie among California Republicans, new poll says

Christie was dropped from list of 11 possible GOP presidential candidates after tanking in Berkeley IGS Poll in August 2022

By David Wildstein, February 24 2023 3:52 pm

Another poll has left out former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as a potential candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

The latest Christie exclusion came from a poll of registered Republicans in California, which tested support for eleven possible GOP candidates but not Christie.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis leads former President Donald Trump by eight percentage points, 37%-29%, according to a Berkeley IGS Poll conducted by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

That flips the numbers from an August 2022 poll with Trump ahead of DeSantis, 38%-27%.

The latest poll has Nikki Haley running third with 7%, followed by Liz Cheney (4%), Mike Pence (3%), Mike Pompeo (2%), Kristi Noem (2%), Ted Cruz (1%), and Tim Scott (1%).    Two other GOP governors included in the poll, Glenn Youngkin and Chris Sununu, came in at less than one-fifth of one percent.

Christie was dropped from the California poll after receiving less than one-fifth of one percent in an August 2022  Berkeley IGS poll.

In that same poll from last summer, U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey was at 5% in California as a first or second choice in a Democratic presidential poll that put Gov. Gavin Newsom on top with 25%, followed by Harris and Bernie Sanders each at 18% and Pete Buttigieg at 13%.  Gov. Phil Murphy did not register in that poll.

President Joe Biden has job approvals in California of 57%-39%, yet most Californians (57%) oppose him seeking re-election to a second term.

In her home state, just 16% of Californians say they would be enthusiastic about Vice President Kamala Harris running for president, with 59% saying they would not.   Among Democrats, 56% voice enthusiasm for a Harris for President campaign, compared to 41%, which would be unenthusiastic.

The poll was conducted between February 14-20 among 7,512 California voters, with a Republican sample size of 1,755.  The poll, partly funded by the Los Angeles Times, has a margin of error of +/- 2% and +/- 3.5% on the Republican survey portion.

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