Gov. Jon Corzine has an upside-down 34%-51% approval rating and gets a grade of D+ on providing property tax relief, according to a new Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll released today.
Corzine gets a D on making the state more affordable and a D+ for controlling costs and cutting waste. He gets a C- for bringing ethics and honesty to state government and a C for improving schools. He also gets a C for his effort.
"The public is looking for strong leadership in this volatile time, but they are unsure of Jon Corzine's hand on the tiller," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. "Independent voters, a critical group for the governor's re-election prospects, have become particularly doubtful over the past few months."
Among Independents, Corzine's approval rating is 27%-55%.