NJ Voters Like Christie, But Want Democratic Legislature

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STATE – More than half of New Jersey voters believe that Gov. Chris Christie is doing a good job, according to a newly-released poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind. Fifty-one percent approve of the way Christie is doing his job, while 41 percent disapprove.

“He’s not the Teflon governor,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll, “But right now he looks like the armored governor.”

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Voters prefer to keep Democrats in control of the state Legislature by a 41 percent to 36 percent margin. Non-public employee households are more evenly split, preferring a Republican-controlled Legislature by a 39 percent to 37 percent margin.

“The governor would certainly like his support this year to translate into gains in legislative seats,” said Woolley, “but the new district map as well as registration that favors the Democratic Party will make that a real challenge.”

Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of voters believe the state should hold the line on spending, even if it means cuts to programs and services. One quarter (26 percent) believe New Jersey should raise taxes if needed to support state programs.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 711 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone with both landline and cell phones from March 29 through April 4, and has a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points.


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