U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg has a seven-point lead over former Republican U.S. Rep. Dick Zimmer, 48%-41%, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released this morning.
More than half of New Jersey’s registered voters – 55% — say the 84-year-old Lautenberg is too old to effectively serve another six years in the United States Senate. 39% say he is not too old.
Lautenberg has a 46%-38% approval rating, and his favorable are at 43%-35%. Zimmer, who served in Congress from 1991 to 1997, remains largely unknown to New Jerseyans – 62% don’t know who he is, though he has a 25%-12% favorable rating.
“Sen. Frank Lautenberg has a comfortable lead over a not very strong opponent. It’s summer and voters aren’t paying a lot of attention to this race,” said Richards. “When they do, the incumbent’s lead may get bigger – if voters don’t get too concerned about the Senator’s age.”
Among independents, Zimmer leads 48%-41%.