NBC News Poll Explains Why NBC Entertainment Was Naive About Hillary Clinton Miniseries

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NBC News Poll Explains Why NBC Entertainment Was Naive About Hillary Clinton Miniseries

NBC News this morning illustrated why it was naive of NBC Entertainment to have assumed it could air a Hillary Clinton miniseries before Clinton declared her intentions about another possible run at the White House, as if that formality still mattered in the rough and tumble of political life (NBC News was among the parties unhappy about the now-dead project):

NBC NEWS POLL: CHRISTIE TRAILS CLINTON IN HYPOTHETICAL 2016 MATCH-UP, FACES DIVIDED GOP

WASHINGTON, DC– Nov. 12, 2013– A new NBC News poll reveals that in a hypothetical 2016 general election match up, 44 percent of all adults would support Hillary Clinton, while 34 percent would support Chris Christie. The rest of respondents either preferred another candidate, said they would not vote, or were undecided.
The poll – conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International after Gov. Christie’s resounding re-election victory last week – also contains this other result:  Democratic primary voters are significantly more unified about a potential Clinton candidacy than Republican primary are about a possible Christie bid.
Thirty-two percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents say they would vote for Christie in a GOP presidential primary, while 31 percent prefer another Republican candidate.
By comparison, 66 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning respondents say they’d back Clinton in a Democratic primary, versus just 14 percent who say they’d vote for another candidate.

NBC poll: Christie trails Clinton in hypothetical 2016 match up, faces divided GOP
By Mark Murray, Senior Political Editor, NBC News

If New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie runs for president in 2016, he likely would face the dual challenges of uniting a fractured Republican Party and besting a formidable Hillary Clinton in a general election, according to a new NBC News poll.
In a hypothetical match up, the poll finds the former Democratic secretary of state getting the support of 44 percent of all adults, while the Republican Christie gets 34 percent. The rest of respondents either preferred another candidate, said they would not vote, or were undecided.
And while Election Day 2016 is still more than 1,000 days away, the survey shows Clinton benefitting from the same demographic trends that helped President Barack Obama win election in 2008 and re-election in 2012.
She leads the Republican Christie among African Americans (83 percent to 4 percent), respondents ages 18 to 29 (45 percent to 31 percent) and Latinos (44 percent to 33 percent).
Clinton also holds the advantage with residents from the Northeast (52 percent to 35 percent), West (43 percent to 30 percent), the South (43 percent to 35 percent) and Midwest (41 percent to 37 percent). And she has a narrow edge among independents (39 percent to 35 percent).
Christie, meanwhile, leads among whites (41 percent to 37 percent), seniors (44 percent to 41 percent) and respondents with the highest incomes (46 percent to 34 percent).
Republicans split over Christie
The poll – conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International after Christie’s resounding re-election victory last week – also contains this other result: The Democratic Party, not surprisingly, is more unified about a potential Clinton candidacy than the GOP is of a possible Christie bid.
Thirty-two percent of Republican and Republican-leaning respondents say they would vote for Christie in a GOP presidential primary, while 31 percent prefer another Republican candidate.
“Naming just Christie divides the faithful equally into Christie, Not Christie and Don’t Know,” said G. Evans Witt, CEO of Princeton Survey Research. “A third of the vote is not a bad showing in a party primary with [potentially] 10 candidates, but the first primary is more than two years away.”
There’s also a striking geographical divide: A majority of Northeast Republicans (57 percent to 22 percent) say they would support Christie in a GOP primary.
But pluralities of Republicans in other parts of the country prefer another GOP candidate – in the Midwest (by 35 percent to 30 percent), the South (29 percent to 27 percent) and the West (40 percent to 22 percent).
On Monday, the New York Times highlighted this Republican split over Christie, especially after establishment Republicans have cheered his possible 2016 candidacy.
“We’re so frustrated with all this Christie talk we can’t see straight,” Scott Hofstra, a Tea Party Republican from Kentucky told the Times. “He’s no more conservative than Harry Reid,” referring to the Democratic Senate majority leader.
Appearing on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Christie declined to label himself a moderate or conservative. “I don’t get into these labels. That’s the Washington, D.C. game,” he said.
Instead, Christie added, “Look at my record. We’re spending less today in 2014 fiscal year than we did in 2008 in real dollars; we’ve cut business taxes by $2.3 billion; 143,000 new private sector jobs.”
Democrats united around Clinton
By comparison, 66 percent of Democratic or Democratic-leaning respondents say they’d back Clinton in a presidential primary, versus just 14 percent who say they’d vote for another Democratic candidate.
This comes after Clinton served as President Obama’s secretary of state for four years, as well as her unsuccessful presidential bid in 2008, when Obama upset her for the Democratic nod.
The NBC poll was conducted Nov. 7-10 of 1,003 adults (which has a margin of error of plus-minus 3.6 percentage points), 428 Democrats or those who lean Democratic (plus-minus 5.5 percentage points) and 394 Republicans or those who lean R

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