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Chris Christie's Approval Rating Hits New Low

Chris Christie's Approval Rating Hits New Low

By Caitlin Huey-Burns - June 21, 2011


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has repeatedly ruled out a run for president in 2012, but a new poll released Tuesday shows voters in his state don't want him to run for the vice presidential spot either. The Quinnipiac University survey also shows a decline in job approval for Christie, driven mostly by women voters who dislike the way he is running the state.

According to the poll, 61 percent of New Jersey voters say Christie would not be a good vice presidential candidate, and 52 percent say that it's not likely the GOP presidential nominee will pick him as a running mate, a possibility that's been tossed around in 2012 election conversation.

Christie received his lowest approval rating in this poll since he took office in 2010, having ousted incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine in the 2009 election. Among New Jersey voters, 47 percent disapprove of Christie's job performance while 44 percent approve. Women form the most dissatisfied group: 54 percent disapprove of his job performance while 36 percent approve. The results among men are virtually the opposite, with 53 percent approving his job performance and 39 percent disapproving.

Despite the downgrade on Christie's report card, most voters in the state say they like the governor as a person, 49 percent to 33 percent. But again, he fares better among men than he does women: 58 percent of the former say they like Christie while the latter are split in their fondness for him, 41 percent to 40 percent.

"Gov. Christie is having a big problem with women, perhaps because they care more about schools and disapprove, 60 to 34 percent, of the way he's handling education," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement released with the survey results. "But voters like their 'Jersey guy' governor better as a person than they like his policies. Men like him a lot; women, not so much."

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,610 registered voters from June 14 to 19, with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

Caitlin Huey-Burns is a congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics. She can be reached at chueyburns@realclearpolitics.com. Follow her on Twitter @CHueyBurnsRCP.

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