Lautenberg’s poll numbers: not bad, not great — and for him, fairly typical

In the race for U.S. Senate, Frank Lautenberg leads Dick Zimmer 47%-38%, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. Lautenberg has a 50%-36% lead among women (men are split, 45%-42%), and a 73%-11% lead among Black voters, but Zimmer leads the four-term incumbent among Independents, 43%-35%. The 84-year-old Lautenberg leads 49%-33% among voters 18-44, and 48%-41% with voters over age 45.

In South Jersey, the political base of Rep. Rob Andrews, who challenged Lautenberg in last week’s Democratic primary, Zimmer leads 51%-39%.

Most voters (67%) have never heard of Zimmer, 64, a former Congressman who ran for the Senate in 1996; he has a 21%-11% favorable/unfavorable.

Lautenberg has a 40%-31% favorable/unfavorable. In South Jersey, Lautenberg is upside-down, 29%-35%. On job approval, Lautenberg is at 46%-35% — 38%-37% in South Jersey, and 44%-42% among Independents. His highest approvals came in 2000, as he was preparing to retire from the Senate (55%-22%); his lowest were in February 2008: 39%-31%. Lautenberg’s poll numbers: not bad, not great — and for him, fairly typical