ATLANTA, Ga. – According to a new poll, in a general election match-up between Republican Christopher Christie, Democrat Gov. Jon Corzine, and Independent Christopher Daggett, Christie led Corzine with 53% to 38% with 5% supporting Daggett; and 4% undecided.
The three-day poll of 800 likely voters in New Jersey was conducted by Strategic Vision, LLC, an Atlanta-headquartered public relations and public affairs agency.
“Christie has now increased his lead over Corzine since our June poll and continues to poll over 50% support,” said Johnson. “Corzine’s support seems stuck between 36% to 39% and unable to move beyond that. More ominous for Corzine must be the inroads that Christie has made among both Independent and Democratic voters.”
When asked if they approved or disapproved of Corzine’s job performance, 35% approved; 55% disapproved; and 10% were undecided. Fifty-one percent of respondents approved of Senator Robert Menendez’s job performance; 38% disapproved; and 11% were undecided. Senator Frank Lautenberg had 48% approving of his job performance; 42% disapproving; and 10% 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. This strong disapproval has remained constant in our polling.”
The poll also showed a significant decline in President Barack Obama’s approval rating. Fifty percent of those polled approved of President Barack Obama’s overall job performance; with 40% disapproving; and 10% undecided. When asked if they approved of the President’s handling of the economy, 47% approved; 45% disapproved; and 8% were undecided. On the issue of Iraq, the poll found 52% approved of the President’s handling of the war; with 39% disapproving; and 9% undecided. When asked if the approved of President Obama’s overall handling of foreign relations, the poll found 53% approving; 39% disapproving; and 8% undecided.
“The President has seen a dramatic decline in his support since our poll in June and this is most dramatic among Independent voters and can be related to the economy,” said Johnson. “We are seeing this swing among Independents in other states as well. Interestingly the President gets higher approval numbers for his handling of foreign affairs which was considered one of his weak spots then on the economy.”
When asked if they thought New Jersey was headed in the right direction or the wrong direction, 24% said right; 62% said wrong; and 14% 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 June,” said Johnson. “This number does not bode well for Governor Corzine as he seeks re-election. This number also explains the 6% drop in President Obama’s job approval number.”
When asked if voters approved or disapproved of the way Congress is handling its job, 24% approved; 66% disapproved; and 10% were undecided.
When asked if they support or oppose Congress passing health care reform before its August recess, 45% supported; 40% opposed; and 15% were undecided.
When asked if they support or oppose, Congress passing health care reform before the end of the year, 53% supported; 39% opposed; and 8% were undecided.
When asked if they believe that all Americans should be required to have health insurance, 51% said yes; 43% said no; and 6% were undecided.
The poll has a margin of error of ±3 percentage points. 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%).
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