Half Of NJ Voters Say Obama Should Be Re-Elected

STATE – Half of New Jersey voters believe President Barack Obama should be re-elected in November, while 40 percent say it’s time for someone new in the Oval Office, according to a new Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll. Those numbers are up from 47 percent in February and 46 percent in October.

More than half – 54 percent – of New Jersey voters approve of the job Obama is doing, up from 51 percent in February.

Voters are less enthusiastic about Sen. Robert Menendez, who will share the ballot with Obama in November. Just 26 percent say he should be sent back to Washington, while 32 percent want a new senator and 41 percent are undecided. However, only 19 percent of voters know Menendez’s probably Republican opponent, state legislator Joe Kyrillos.

“Given President Obama’s improving prospects in New Jersey, the magic word in Menendez campaign headquarters right now has got to be “coattails’,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.

The Monmouth University/NJ Press Media Poll was conducted by telephone with 804 New Jersey adults from April 11 to 15, 2012. This sample has a margin of error of + 3.5 percent. The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and originally published by the NJ Press Media newspaper group (Asbury Park Press, Courier-Post, Courier News, Daily Journal, Daily Record, and Home News Tribune).

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