Poll: Obama 44%, Chris Christie 43%. Scott Rasmussen: This Says More About President Obama Than Chris Christie
Scott: "If I were Chris Christie, I would remember the Rick Perry experience. You jump in, it's a different ball game"
Few expect him to run, but New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is essentially even with President Barack Obama in an early look at a hypothetical Election 2012 matchup.
A new Rasmussen national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters shows that Obama earns 44% support in the matchup, while Christie attracts 43%. Six percent prefer a third option, and eight percent 8% are undecided.
These numbers place Christie in the same league as other top GOP hopefuls within single digits of Obama including former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain.
However, just 26% believe the first-term governor is likely to run for the White House, a figure that includes only five percent who think he is Very Likely to run. Twenty percent (20%) of all voters think Christie should run for the White House, but nearly twice as many (37%) say he should not.
Among Republicans, 32% say he should run, 25% hold the opposite view, and 43% are not sure. Just 31% of GOP voters believe he is even somewhat likely to run, while 44% see a Christie campaign as unlikely