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Gov. Chris Christie at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J. on Thursday, May 2, 2013. (Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen).

Monmouth: Just 23% of GOP voters would be satisfied with Christie as presidential nominee

Former governor ranks near last, ahead of only Liz Cheney and Kanye West

By Joey Fox, December 16 2022 11:07 am

A Monmouth University poll released today of Republican and Republican-leaning voters nationwide finds that former Gov. Chris Christie ranks close to the bottom among potential Republican candidates for president in 2024.

The poll did not directly test Christie in a head-to-head primary contest; instead, it asked respondents whether they would be satisfied or dissatisfied if various Republicans were to become the party’s nominee for president.

Just 23% of respondents said they would be satisfied with Christie as the nominee, while 62% said they would be dissatisfied. Broken down further, only 3% said they would be “very satisfied” with Christie, versus 35% who said they would be “very dissatisfied.”

Christie’s ratio was worse than every other named contender except two: outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), who has become a pariah in many Republican circles for her criticism of former President Donald Trump, and rapper Kanye West, who has made a barrage of antisemitic and racist comments in recent months.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had the best result of any candidate tested at 79% satisfied, 10% dissatisfied. Trump, the only candidate who has officially launched a campaign, was at 67%-31%.

The poll also asked an open-ended question on who respondents would like to see as a presidential nominee. 39% said DeSantis, 26% said Trump, and less than 1% said Christie. (Christie’s total may have been 0%; the poll did not name candidates who received less than 1% support.)

On the question of whether President Joe Biden won the 2020 election fairly, 28% of respondents said he did, while 55% said he won it due to fraud. But although a majority of respondents parroted Trump’s election denial, most did not want him to run as an independent if he loses the nomination: 22% said they’d want to see an independent Trump candidacy, versus 72% who said they wouldn’t.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from December 8-14 with a sample of 563 Republican and Republican-leaning registered voters and a margin of error of +/- 5.2%. 

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