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NJ: Approval Ratings (FDU 7/27-8/2)

Topics: New Jersey , poll

Fairleigh Dickinson University
7/27-8/2/10; 801 registered voters, 3.5% margin of error
Mode: Live telephone interviews
(FDU release)

New Jersey

Job Approval / Disapproval
Pres. Obama: 49 / 40 (chart)
Gov. Christie: 47 / 36 (chart)

Favorable / Unfavorable
Chris Christie: 41 / 36 (chart)

 

Comments
Dave:

+11 for Christie. Wonderful. I'd support him for Pres in 2012. Has to better than the Palin/Romney/Gingrich trio.

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Moravej:

It's really rare to have a job approval higher and a favorable approval. Interesting.

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Crimsonite:

Living in NJ, I can understand how people can approve of how Christie is handling the budget mess and high taxes but they don't personally care one way or the other for him. Some people may like what he's done, but they may not always like the way he does it. He's basically strong armed the legislature to do what needs to get done and so some people may not have a personal opinion on him. But, you gotta get the job done one way or another.

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Field Marshal:

Christie rules. Interesting that his favorables are lower than his job approval. Apparently, they like what he's doing, just not him (as much).

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StatyPolly:

Those are some of the best numbers for Christie, since he took office. It's an encouraging poll overall. Even the libs in Joisey now support controlling spending over hiking taxes.

Some good questions there. This pollster is worth the read.

http://publicmind.fdu.edu/gov1008/

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Dave:

Being close to totally serious here, do you think people have a less favorable opinion of him (as compared to his approval) due to his weight? It's stupid, but politicians have gone for stupider things right?

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StatyPolly:

Perhaps his favorables are lower because he is a straight shooter and doesn't go out of his way to kiss voters ass.

That raises his favorables in my eyes, but this is Joisey.

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gabe:

Interesting, this is the first time in a long time I have seen a politican with better approval than favorable ratings.

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StatyPolly:

I am sure that political landscape will be very different in 2012, one way or another, but had this year been presidential election cycle, Christie would have made a compelling choice for national voters. A nice contrast to BOBO's bulls#!t weaving ways.

And instead of debates - bouts of Sumo.

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Bigmike:

No related thread for this so I guess this one will do.

I didn't see a lot of headlines on this but MO voted to opt out of mandatory health care insurance. Over 71% voted in favor of Prop C. That HCR is sure gaining in popularity.

And the GOP primary had more voters than the Dem primary, 577k to 315k. Talk about an enthusiasm gap.

I could vote for Christie in 2012. Given a choice of him vs all of the retreads (Huckabee, Romney, Palin, Gingrich) I wouldn't have to think about it at all. Run Christie Run!

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Bukama:

Bigmike, everyone is holding back pending the Prop. 8 Marriage definition case which should receive it's first decision this afternoon.

The HCR vote is interesting, but I think Virginia's opt out statute will be the first one to go to court.

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me.yahoo.com/a/dP.R.W5wtYLHucs9AKP587Bse9h7WWJ3mA--:

Pardon my asking, but how is an approval rating of less than 50% good for a governor who has only been in office for 7 months? Whatever happened to the honeymoon?

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Crimsonite:

well it is out of registered voters so you can't expect everyone to give an opinion and there is no honey moon when your faced with a several billion dollar budget. Plus, Christie wasn't even elected with an absolute majority so its understandable why he wouldn't have majority approval. Plus, most governors aren't viewed very approvingly right now, so I'm sure he's actually in the top half of governors by approval.

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Crimsonite:

*several billion dollar budget deficit.

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Nose Bleed Books:

My sense is that Christie's poll numbers are going to take a hit as his hard-line policies affect people's way of life.

Not because they won't work, to a degree. He'll take major steps forward towards closing the deficit. But he's going to lower the standard of living for the majority of people.

Beyond cutting social services, Christie is doing something that Bush did: he's protecting the wealthy and the major business interests from tax increases... with the logic that those people will get the economy moving.

The Bush economy certainly did move, and the rich became more rich. But middle class wages stagnated, none of that economic growth moving downwards. As the cost of living increased, the middle class standard of living decreased.

Even if Christie survives cutting social services, a lower standard of living will be his legacy in the end.

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StatyPolly:

Nose Bleed,

I recently read somewhere that Joisey was numero uno of all 50 states in wealth flight. You can only soak the rich for so long. They get pruny and wanna dry off. When they do go, not only jobs disappear, but perhaps more importantly in Joisey's case - tax revenue. So, it's a two-edged sward.

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jamesia:

I think it's just hard for many conservatives to understand that tax cuts for the rich do not equate to job growth. It's been proven time and again. When you give people more money, they always want to save it for themselves. Simple fact.

Government might be wasteful at times, but it is an effective means of job creation. There are signs all around the city I live that say such and such project is funded by the Recovery and Reinvestment Act - aka the Stimulus.

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Field Marshal:

Jamesia,

You're kidding right? The government CANNOT create jobs. They can create an environment for jobs and shore up state budgets to ensure mostly useless state workers don't lose their jobs but they cannot create private sector jobs.

And in actuality, tax cuts have been shown to create private sector jobs. Don't know where you got your information but most economists, including two on the presidents economic advisory team, confirm that sentiment.

People tend to save rebate checks or pay down debt with them. Rebate checks have been shown to now grow jobs but tax cuts are probably the BEST way to create jobs.

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