STATE – For the first time since he took office, more New Jersey voters disapprove of President Barack Obama than think he’s doing a good job.
According to the most recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, 44 percent approve of Obama and 47 percent disapprove. That is down dramatically from 55 percent – 36 percent approvals in May after Navy Seals killed Osama Bin Laden.
Fewer than one in five New Jersey voters (18 percent) say the country is headed in the right direction; 71 percent say the country is “off on the wrong track.”
“That is a steep dive from the 34 percent who said the country was going in the right direction in May,” Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “You have to go back to the last days of the Bush administration to find such pessimism.” In October 2008 just 13 percent said the country was headed in the right direction and 78 percent said it was on the wrong track.
More voters are concerned that government debt is dragging down the economy than are concerned that the government is not doing enough spending to stimulate growth. One-third (32 percent) say the federal government needs to spend more money to get the economy going—not cut the budget. But a majority (54 percent) say the government needs to cut its debt to fix its finances—not spend more money.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 800 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from Sept. 19 through Sept. 25, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.
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