Raleigh, N.C. – PPP's newest look at the 2016 race in New Hampshire finds that Chris Christie is actually in a stronger position with Republican voters now following Bridgegate than he was on our last poll in September. Christie leads the GOP field with 24% to 12% each for Jeb Bush and Rand Paul, 11% for Mike Huckabee, 9% for Ted Cruz, 8% for Marco Rubio, 4% for Paul Ryan, and 3% each for Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker. Christie's 12 point lead now is a big turn around from September when he actually trailed Paul by a point at 20/19. Since then Christie's gained 5 points, while Paul has fallen by 8.
Bridgegate doesn't seem to be having much of an impact on Christie's standing yet. 64% of Republican primary voters say their opinion of him is the same as it was before last week. 18% say their opinion has gotten lower, but almost as many at 14% say it's gotten higher. And it's not that the story hasn't penetrated yet- 89% of GOP voters say that they've heard about the bridge issue, and 68% say they're heard 'a lot' about it.
On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton is looking even more dominant now than she did in September. Then she was the choice of 57% of Democratic primary voters to be their candidate in 2016, now she's up to 65%. Joe Biden at 10%, Elizabeth Warren at 8%, Andrew Cuomo at 3%, and Cory Booker at 2% follow her.