More polling signs that Alaska might be becoming a more moderate state: Public Policy Polling finds Hillary Clinton could be competitive in Alaska if she runs for president in 2016, and both Clinton and Democratic Sen. Mark Begich have considerable crossover appeal among Republicans and independents.
Our new poll there finds just one point separating Clinton from two of the leading potential candidates for the GOP — she leads Marco Rubio 44/43 and trails Chris Christie 43/42. Clinton has a 47/45 favorability rating in the state, including 53/38 with independents.
In the unlikely event that Sarah Palin were the 2016 GOP nominee, PPP found, Clinton would crush her in the Alaska vote.
The margin of error in the poll, conducted by telephone Feb. 4-5 among 1,129 voters, is 2.9%. In other PPP findings:
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski has one of the highest constituent approval ratings in the Senate, with good ratings from Alaska Democrats and independents.
— Confirming earlier findings by GOP pollster Harper, PPP finds Begich “remains surprisingly popular” and has good re-election chances — his most serious potential opponent being Gov. Sean Parnell.
— Parnell leads a slate of potential contenders for re-election.
— Don Young has no serious challengers for re-election to the U.S. House.
— Gay marriage is opposed in Alaska by a 51/43 margin.
Find full PPP polling questions and results here and here. Read more overviews of the results here:
Clinton could be competitive in Alaska
Begich and Parnell looking strong for 2014 re-election bids
Begich leads likely challengers for re-election