"This survey shows Gov. Christie is walking away from the possibility -- at least today -- to be elected president of the United States," said Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"Whether he would have won the GOP nomination or the election will never be known, but the data indicate he had a serious chance to win it all."
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted Sept. 27-Oct. 3, surveying 2,118 registered voters, for a margin of error of +/- 2.1 percent. For the Republican primary, there were 927 Republican and Republican-leaning independent voters, for a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percent.
The remainder of the Quinnipiac poll is slated to be released Wednesday morning.