A recent poll found that if former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton really wanted to be president, the odds would be ever in her favor.
On Thursday, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released a poll that showed Clinton as a clear favorite in the 2016 presidential election, outdoing New Jersey governor Chris Christie by 45-37 percent. The six-day survey began on Feb. 27 and determined its findings based on live telephone interviews with 1,944 registered voters and included a 2.2 percent margin of error.
According Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, Clinton’s advantageous lead may be because, "She obviously is by far the best known and her more than 20 years in the public spotlight allows her to create a very favorable impression on the American people.”
Still, the poll found that Christie fared well against Vice President Joe Biden by 43-40 percent, and even better against New York governor Andrew Cuomo by 45-28 percent.
Separately, Farleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll in January yielded similar results with Christie’s popularity, indicating that his 73 percent approval rating may very well make him most likely to succeed among the Republican presidential candidates.
Christie, whose weight has been widely debated as a possible detriment to his rising political career, recently spoke to ABC's Good Morning America about preparing for a possible race to the White House. He said, “I will be more ready than I was in 2012 because I will have done my job for longer and hopefully gotten better.”
Clinton, however, has said that her return to politics is unlikely. In an interview with Barbara Walters in her ‘10 Most Fascinating People’ special last December, Clinton said, “I think I will serve as secretary of state as my last public position, and then probably go back to advocacy, and probably on behalf of women and children.”