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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire in 2023. (Photo: Tell It Like It Is PAC).

Monmouth/WaPo poll puts Christie at 5% in South Carolina

Former N.J. gov has 16%-61% favorability score; does best among moderate, liberal Rs

By Joey Fox, September 14 2023 9:55 am

A new poll jointly conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and the Washington Post finds former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie taking 5% of the vote in the 2024 South Carolina Republican presidential primary.

That puts Christie in fifth place overall, behind former President Donald Trump (46%), former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (18%), South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (10%), and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (9%). He’s ahead of several other notable contenders, including entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy and former Vice President Mike Pence (both 3%). 

The result is better for Christie than his national polling average, which FiveThirtyEight pegs at 3.2%. Other recent polls have also found Christie doing modestly well in South Carolina, with both the Trafalgar Group and National Public Affairs putting him at 7% support.

But the Monmouth/Washington Post poll finds that there may not be much more room for Christie to grow. Just 16% of South Carolina Republicans said they had a favorable opinion of Christie, versus 61% who said they had an unfavorable opinion.

Like in other polls, Christie appears to be doing best among the most moderate, anti-Trump wing of the Republican Party – which, of course, is not a very big party of the party. The poll found that Christie is at 0% among “very conservative” Republicans and 2% among “somewhat conservative” Republicans, but among the small cohort of “moderate or liberal” Republicans, he’s at 12%.

The Monmouth University-Washington Post Poll was conducted from September 6-11 with a sample size of 506 potential South Carolina Republican primary voters and a margin of error of +/- 4.6%.

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