Obama approval rating at 54%, according to FDU

Fifty-four percent of New Jersey voters approve of President Barack Obama’s performance, while 36% disapprove, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released this morning.

The poll is Obama’s best rating in a year and reveals that voters are more upbeat about the direction of the country: Thrty-nine percent say the United States is “on the right track, up from 35% a month ago, while 49% say the country is on the wrong track, down from 52% a month ago.”

The same poll shows U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) with low name ID and hardly impactful on the bulk of voters. Half (49%) say they haven’t heard of him or have no opinion of him, and more than half of Democrats (53%) say the same. By contrast, 52% of Democrats have a favorable opinion of the senior senator, Frank Lautenberg.

These poll results land less than two years in front of Menendez’s 2012 re-election on a ticket with the president and in the middle of an aggressive push by the senator into the public consciousness of New Jersey voters.  

According to the FDU poll, New Jersey’s other statewide elected official, Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, hardly registers: 77% say they haven’t heard of her, and another 11% say they have no opinion of her.