POMONA – Nearly two-thirds of likely New Jersey voters have a favorable or somewhat favorable view of President Barack Obama, according to a Stockton/Zogby poll commissioned by the William J. Hughes Center of Public Policy at Stockton College.
“When we asked about a hypothetical campaign between President Obama and Gov. Christie, voters favored Obama over Christie by 51 percent to 33.5 percent,” said Hughes Center Executive Director Sharon Schulman. “We also asked if they agreed or disagreed that Christie should run for President in 2012, 68.8 percent of the voters somewhat or strongly disagreed with him running.”
While 48.8 percent of voters had a favorable opinion of Christie, compared to 45.4 percent who held a negative view of the governor, voters were almost evenly split on whether they would re-elect him if they had to decide now.
“We explored reasons as to why those with an unfavorable opinion of the Governor felt that way,” said Schulman, “79.2 percent of the respondents did not like the way he treats the NJEA and teachers. This was evenly split among Democrats and Republicans. Other strong reasons were his policies, handling of the state budget and the way he treats unions. These results split along party lines with Democrats having more unfavorable opinions than Republicans.”
The poll of 1,000 likely NJ voters was conducted from May 9 to 11 and has a margin of error of +/-3.2 percent.
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