STATE – While Iowa Republicans continue to court Gov. Chris Christie as a potential presidential candidate, Christie doesn’t fare well in a hypothetical race against President Barack Obama, according to a new national poll of registered voters by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™.
Christie trails Obama 34 percent to 50 percent, down from a 40 percent to 46 percent showing in March. The president’s approval rating has moved back into positive territory, 47 percent to 45 percent. During the March poll, Obama’s approval numbers were negative – 44 percent to 48 percent. Christie’s approval rating in New Jersey slipped from 51 percent in early April to 44 percent in mid-May.
“The president has had a better spring than the governor of New Jersey,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “As tough as the governor is, he has no Navy Seals to brighten his day, and he can’t use the helicopter whenever he wants. Instead, New Jersey voters are showing signs of budget-cutting fatigue — and budget reform happens to be the governor’s specialty.”
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 826 registered voters nationwide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from June 1, through June 7, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.
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