Poll: Christie Approval Rating at New Low in N.J.

Poll: Christie Approval Rating at New Low in N.J.
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Chris Christie’s approval ratings continue to drop in his home state, according to a new poll.

Only 30 percent of registered voters surveyed by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll said they approved of the job the possible Republican presidential candidate is doing, while 55 percent disapproved. The approval rating is a six percentage-point drop from April.

The new poll also marks the two-term governor’s lowest approval ratings since he took office in 2010, when he registered 48 percent approval. His rating peaked in November 2012 (just one month after Hurricane Sandy ravaged his state’s coastal areas) at 77 percent and has been on a steady decline ever since. September 2014 was the last time his approval ratings were “above water” (46 percent approval-40 percent disapproval).

The percentage of respondents who said they “like everything” about the governor is also lower than ever at 24 percent. Alternatively, 39 percent “dislike everything” about Christie’s leadership. The remainder of respondents are somewhere in the middle: 23 percent like Christie personally but dislike his policies, and 7 percent dislike him personally but like his policies.

New Jersey has experienced its share of problems since Christie took office in 2010, and half of the respondents in the new poll said political leadership is the biggest obstacle to overcoming such problems. A plurality (23 percent) said the public employee pension system is the biggest issue facing the state, followed by unemployment (21 percent), economic growth (17 percent), ethics in state government (16 percent), and road and bridge repairs (12 percent).

Christie’s standing with the electorate has also taken a hit since the so-called Bridgegate scandal in 2013. Several members of his administration have been implicated in the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge in an apparent political retribution scheme. Christie has denied any involvement and has not been accused of wrongdoing.

At 24 percent, approval for the state legislature as a whole is 20 percentage points lower than the disapproval rating. A majority of respondents (57 percent) believe New Jersey is going in the wrong direction – the highest level of pessimism in the state since Christie took office.

The survey of 792 self-identified registered voters, conducted June 15-21, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.

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