If Mitt Romney were to choose New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the Republican ticket, he’d find himself in a tie with President Barack Obama, according to a poll released Thursday.
Christie would boost Romney to 47 percent, the same as Obama, the new Public Policy Polling survey shows. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would pull Romney within one point of the president, with the Obama and Vice President Joe Biden ticket scoring 48 percent to Romney-Bush’s 47 percent. Having either Mike Huckabee or Rick Santorum as a running mate would get Romney two points away from the president – 46 percent to Obama’s 48 percent.
The poll also revealed a number of Republicans who would hurt Romney in November: Ron Paul, Rep. Paul Ryan, Sen. Marco Rubio and Sarah Palin. Although the percentages drop only slightly, a Romney-Paul ticket would give Obama a four-point edge, at 48 percent to 44 percent, while a Romney-Ryan ticket would put the Republican ticket five points away, at 48 percent to 43 percent.
A Romney-Rubio ticket would garner 43 percent to Obama-Biden’s 49 percent. The senator’s presence, however, would only cut Obama’s lead among Hispanics one point from 68 percent to 67 percent.
And Palin as the vice presidential nominee would increase Obama’s lead even more, giving the Democratic candidates 50 percent to 43 percent at the polls.
The poll surveyed 900 people from April 12-15. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.3 percentage points.