Poll finds GOP resistance to Christie bid
Christie will address the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday morning. What he says and the reception he receives will be closely watched and analyzed, and the new survey underscores the obstacles Christie will face if he seeks his party's nomination in 2016.
The poll also found that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has problems of a different kind. He is more popular in the Republican Party than Christie but faces potential head winds as a candidate. The Post-ABC poll found that almost half of all Americans, and 50 percent of registered voters, say they "definitely would not" vote for him for president - a possible hangover from the presidency of his brother George W. Bush.
The overall findings underscore the degree to which the contest for the GOP nomination is as wide open as any in the modern era.
Christie has been badly damaged politically by the controversy over a four-day traffic snarl in September that appears to have been ordered by his aides and advisers as political retribution.
The poll does not provide information that could distinguish how much Christie's problems are a result of the controversy and how much they reflect general skepticism toward him among conservatives.