Sandy Keeps Christie Approval Rating High, But Economy Could Be His Achilles Heel

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Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie

NEW BRUNSWICK – Gov. Chris Christie continues to enjoy the approval of 73 percent of New Jersey voters thanks to his handling of Superstorm Sandy, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll. However, just 45 percent think the governor is doing a good job with the state’s economy.

Just over one third (35 percent) of voters say the economy is the most important problem facing New Jersey. High taxes ranks second to jobs: 31 percent of voters call this the most important problem. Christie’s approval rating on taxes is even lower, at 40 percent. In contrast, 86 percent of voters approve of how the governor has handled Superstorm Sandy, but only 11 percent say the storm’s aftermath is the most important problem, making it a distant third.

“Governor Christie remains very popular across the board, with a 70 percent favorability rating and continuing sky-high overall job approval,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers. “It appears that Christie’s handling of Sandy has made the difference, since voters are not nearly as positive about other key issues. If voters begin to focus on these issues instead of the Sandy recovery, we could see a change in the governor’s overall ratings over the next few months.”

Results are from a poll of 796 New Jersey adults conducted statewide among both landline and cell phone households from Jan. 30 – Feb. 3. Within this sample is a subsample of 698 registered voters reported on here; this subsample has a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percentage points.


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