Lautenberg leads Zimmer in new poll; Corzine approvals low

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg leads Republican challenger Dick Zimmer 49%-36%, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released today.

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg leads Republican challenger Dick Zimmer 49%-36%, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released today.

The poll also shows Governor Corzine approval rating at only 27%, while 40% disapprove. That’s a slight drop from last month.

The poll comes after two other recent polls from other organizations showed Lautenberg leading Zimmer by large margins, although a Rasmussen poll from early last month – just after both won their respective primaries– showed the two in a statistical dead heat.

Broken down by gender, Lautenberg has a clear lead amongst women, besting Zimmer 55% to 29%. Zimmer, however, has the edge amongst men, with 45% to Lautenberg’s 41%. Lautenberg has the support of 85% of the state’s Democrats, while Zimmer is backed by 74% of Republicans.

Lautenberg’s favorability rating stands at 50%, while 41% of respondents had an unfavorable view. Zimmer has a favorability rating of 45%, while 35% view him unfavorably (a recent Fairleigh Dickinson poll noted, however, that Zimmer, a former three term Congressman, has little name ID).

The poll surveyed 500 likely voters and had a margin of error of +/- 4.5%. Lautenberg leads Zimmer in new poll; Corzine approvals low