ATLANTA, Ga. – Gov. Jon Corzine has a 54 percent disapproval rating and trails Republican challenger Christopher Christie by 12 percent in a new poll conducted by Strategic Vision, LLC, an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency.
In a three-day poll of 800 likely voters in New Jersey, 34 percent approved of Corzine’s job performance; 54 percent disapproved; and 12 percent were undecided. In the poll, 320 respondents identified themselves as Democrats (40%); 224 respondents identified themselves as Republicans (28%); and 256 identified themselves as independents or other party affiliation (32%).
In a general election match-up between Republican Christopher Christie and Governor Corzine, Christie led Corzine with 51 percent to 39%; with 2 percent for someone else; and 8 percent undecided.
“Governor Corzine’s approval numbers are at a level that is usually ominous for an incumbent,” said Johnson. “Particularly alarming for the Governor should be the large number of Democrats and Independents who disapprove of his job performance.”
“Christie has now increased his lead over Corzine since our April poll and now has over 50 percent support,” Johnson added. “More ominous for Corzine must be the inroads that Christie has made among Democratic voters.”
The poll also showed that 56 percent approved of President Barack Obama’s overall job performance; with 38 percent disapproving; and 6 percent undecided. When asked if they approved of the President’s handling of the economy, 54 percent approved; 41 percent disapproved; and 5 percent were undecided.
On the issue of Iraq, the poll found 56 percent approved of the President’s handling of the war; with 35 percent disapproving; and 9 percent undecided. When asked if the approved of President Obama’s overall handling of foreign relations, the poll found 57 percent approving; 37 percent disapproving; and 6 percent undecided.
“While the President continues to enjoy strong approval numbers in New Jersey, they have declined significantly since our April poll,” said David E. Johnson, CEO of Strategic Vision, LLC. “In this poll we are seeing a greater polarization between Republicans and Democrats on the President’s job approval. Additionally a sizeable number of Independents are disapproving of the President’s handling of the economy.”
When asked if they thought New Jersey was headed in the right direction or the wrong direction, 28 percent said right; 59 percent said wrong; and 13 percent were undecided.
“The number of New Jersey residents who believe the state is headed in the wrong direction cuts across Party lines and has increased since April,” said Johnson. “This number does not bode well for Gov. Corzine as he seeks re-election. Even more interesting is that a large number of voters are beginning to assign blame on President Obama that they were not doing in our April poll.”
When asked if voters approved or disapproved of the way Congress is handling its job, 26 percent approved; 65 percent disapproved; and 9 percent were undecided.
Results are based on telephone interviews with 800 likely voters in New Jersey, aged 18+, and conducted June 19-21 by telephone. The margin of sampling error is ±3 percentage points.
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