Obama approval rating grows in N.J.

 The same poll that states Gov. Christie’s approval rating has increased shows this morning that President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is growing in the Garden State and now stands at 55 – 41 percent, up from 50 – 45 percent in a Dec. 21 Quinnipiac University poll and a negative 50 – 46 percent Nov. 9.

Not surprisingly, Democrats approve 90 – 8 percent of Obama, and independent voters give him a narrow 49 – 45 percent thumbs up, but again, not surprisingly, disapproval is 83 – 15 percent among Republicans. 

There is a gender split as men approve 50 – 46 percent while women approve 59 – 37 percent.  White voters disapprove 50 – 45 percent while black voters approve 91 – 7 percent.

“A bit of an uptick for Obama.  Black voters approve enthusiastically and he gets a slight negative among white voters,” said Maurice Carroll, head of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.  “New Jersey women like the president a lot more than men.”

Lawmakers rated

New Jersey voters are feeling better about their two U.S. senators, as well:

Sen. Frank Lautenberg gets a 45 – 40 percent score, up from a 42 – 43 percent split Dec. 21;

Sen. Robert Menendez gets a 44 – 36 percent score, his highest approval ever and up from a negative 38 – 42 percent Dec. 21.

Democratic legislative leaders in Trenton still trail Christie:

State Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney gets a split 25 – 26 percent approval rating, with 48 percent undecided;

State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver has a 22 – 19 percent approval, with 59 percent undecided.

Voters disapprove 45 – 32 percent of the way the Assembly is doing its job and disapprove 46 – 34 percent of the State Senate.

“New Jerseyans don’t think much of their State Legislature and they don’t know much about their legislative leaders,” Carroll said.

From Feb. 3 – 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,347 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.  Live interviewers called land lines and cell phones. 

Obama approval rating grows in N.J.