Obama’s Popularity Mirrors Christie’s In New Jersey

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STATE – Half of New Jersey voters approve of the job Barack Obama is doing as President, according to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, while 42 percent disapprove. Those numbers are similar to Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating, which stands at 56 percent to 33 percent.

“What’s interesting is the fact that these men are from different parties, during a time of sharp partisan division, and yet they garner about the same support,” said FDU political scientist and poll analyst Krista Jenkins. “Obama’s popularity in the Garden State doesn’t detract from Christie’s, and vice versa. Both clearly bring something to the table that works for New Jerseyans.”

Obama would defeat likely Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, 50 percent to 36 percent, according to the poll. While men are close to evenly split, with 45 percent choosing Obama and 42 percent picking Romney, significantly more women support Obama (54 percent to 31 percent.)

“What we’re seeing in New Jersey confirms what’s going on nationally,” said Jenkins. “Judging by the size of Romney’s deficit with women voters, gender is going to play a sizable role in the outcome of this election.”

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 797 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from April 30 through May 6, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

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