Former Gov. Chris Christie is near the bottom of the 2024 GOP presidential race, a Monmouth University poll of Republican voters and GOP supporters across the country released today.

The poll didn’t test Christie directly in the primary; instead, respondents were asked whether they would be satisfied or dissatisfied if a different Republican became the party’s presidential nominee.

Only 23% of respondents said they would be happy with Christie’s nominee, while 62% said they would be unhappy. Breaking it down further, only 3% said they would be “very satisfied” with Christie, compared to 35% who said they would be “very dissatisfied.”

Christie’s rating was worse than all other named contenders except two: outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming), who has become a pariah in many Republican circles for her criticism of former President Donald Trump, and rapper Kanye West, who has made a splash anti-Semitic and racist comments in recent months.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis scored the best of all the candidates tested: 79% satisfied, 10% dissatisfied. Trump, the only candidate to officially start a campaign, won 67%-31%.

During the survey, there was also an open question about who the respondents would like to see as a presidential candidate. 39% said DeSantis, 26% said Trump, and less than 1% said Christie. (Christie’s total could have been 0%; the poll did not name candidates with less than 1% support).

When asked whether President Joe Biden won the 2020 election fairly, 28% of respondents said he did, while 55% said he won them because of fraud. But while most respondents echoed Trump’s rejection of the election, a majority did not want him to run as an independent if he loses: 22% said they would like to see Trump run as an independent, compared to 72% who said they would not.

The Monmouth University poll was conducted Dec. 8-14 with a sample of 563 registered Republican voters and GOP supporters and a margin of error of +/- 5.2%.

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