STATE – A new statewide poll shows that less than half of New Jersey voters approve of President Barack Obama. Sen. Bob Menendez has similar numbers, but had more support than six potential Republican challengers that may face him in the 2012 election.
In the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, Obama had the approval of 47 percent of New Jersey voters. This is similar to his numbers in October, but down from the 51 percent approval rating he enjoyed in November.
A majority of voters (52 percent) believe that the country is on the wrong track and 44 percent feel they will be worse off under Obama’s health care reform bill.
“Obama’s approval, even if tepid, comes despite that many voters are unhappy with the health care bill, unhappy with the economy and unhappy with the direction of the country,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll.
Menendez out-polled six potential Republicans who could challenge him in the 2012 election. He beat state Sen. Tom Kean Jr. 44 percent – 34 percent, the closest matchup. Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno fared the worst, trailing Menendez 26 percent to 47 percent.
The poll of 802 registered voters was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from Jan. 3 through Jan. 9 and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.
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