Thursday, May 16, 2013

Poll: Christie edges Biden among women

Poll: Christie 45% Biden 43% among women

In January, I wrote that there simply wasn't any evidence that Chris Christie's brashness is a turnoff to women.

In fact, even in pre-Sandy polls, Christie always fared quite well with women, and a majority actually thought his townhalls -- which are often depicted as gunfights at the O.K. Corral -- were effective.

Well, PPP put out a poll yesterday with this buried nugget.

In a hypothetical matchup with Joe Biden, Christie doesn't just cut into gender gap, he actually leads among women, 45%-43%.

That says a lot about both Biden's weakness as a candidate and Christie's strength.

Even more surprising?

Christie's net favorability with women was 43%/25% and just 41%/25% with men. In other words, his net fav is considerably higher with women -- something you just don't see with GOP candidates.

Of course, this is just one poll, but the phenomenon it captures (Christie's relative strength with women) has been confirmed in poll-after-poll.

(In case you were wondering, Hillary Clinton leads Christie among women, 50%-41%, although that's much closer than the massive 18% advantage Hillary has on Rand Paul (who tends to struggle mightily with women -- even Republican women).)