Christie’s Approval Rating At New High

Gov. Chris Christie

STATE – Gov. Chris Christie’s profile on the national stage is on the rise, but he’s also enjoying newfound popularity at home in the Garden State, according to the latest Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll.

Currently, Governor Christie earns a 54 percent approve to 38 percent disapprove job rating among all New Jersey residents. Among registered voters, his rating stands at 55 percent approve to 37 percent disapprove. This is the highest rating he has ever received in the Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll, topping the 50 percent he received among registered voters in early August.

As you might expect, much of Christie’s support comes from members of his own party. The governor’s job rating stands at 84 percent approve to 12 percent disapprove among Republicans, while 32 percent of Democrats approve and 59 percent disapprove. These partisan results are basically unchanged. However, Christie’s standing among independents has jumped by 14 points, now standing at 58 percent approve to 34 percent disapprove.

“The buzz around Chris Christie’s fundraising trip and speech at the Reagan Library has reaped dividends for the governor, not only in elevating his national stature but in improving opinion among his constituents back here in New Jersey,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

It’s unclear, though, whether all the national attention will help Chris Christie generate more public support for his gubernatorial agenda. In particular, there are signs that the Garden State bipartisanship he heralded in his national speeches may be fraying. A majority of New Jerseyans (54 percent) say that Christie and the Democratic leaders of the legislature have not been working well together, compared to 32 percent who say they have. Among those who feel the two sides are not working well together, 29 percent blame Christie more, 19 percent blame the Democrats more, and 50 percent blame both sides equally.

In a separate Rutgers-Eagleton Poll, nearly two-thirds of New Jersey voters said they were happy with Christie’s announcement that he will not run for president in 2012. Voters are somewhat unsure whether Christie has the personality to make a good president, with 47 percent agreeing, and 49 percent disagreeing, much along partisan lines.

In NJTODAY.NET’s own non-scientific web survey, just 15.6 percent of readers said that they were disappointed that Christie decided against running for the Oval Office, compared to 84.4 percent who were not.

President Barack Obama’s enjoyed a boost in the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. Half of Garden State voters now say the president deserves a second term, up from 43 percent two months ago.

The Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll was conducted by telephone with 817 New Jersey adults from Oct. 5 to 9. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.4 percent.

The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll was conducted among both landline and cell phone households from Oct. 6-9 with 903 adults, including a sample of 821 registered voters. The full sample of registered voters has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

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