Rutgers-Eagleton: Voters prize Christie’s ‘stubbornness, smarts, and leadership ability’

Whether or not they like him, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly see Gov. Chris Christie as a smart and stubborn leader, according to this morning’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

In the poll, 88% of registered voters say “smart” fits Christie somewhat or very well while eight-in-ten say he is a “strong leader” as well as “stubborn.”

The poll represents more good news for Christie, whose job approval rating jumped in last week’s Monmouth University and Rutgers polls. 

In an April Rutgers-Eagleton poll, as many voters said they thought the Republican governor was stubborn, but now they are more likely to cite his leadership and intelligence.

“It appears the last couple months of presidential speculation and hurricane crisis management have combined to boost Gov. Christie in voters’ eyes,” said poll director David Redlawsk, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. “As those who like him have become even more upbeat, even those who dislike Christie have become somewhat less negative in their opinions.”

Rutgers-Eagleton conducted the poll of 903 adults, including a sample of 821 registered voters from both landline and cell phone households from Oct. 6-9. The sample has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Rutgers-Eagleton: Voters prize Christie’s ‘stubbornness, smarts, and leadership ability’