Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Christie leads Governor Corzine by eight points in a Strategic Vision poll released today.
The head-to-head results of the poll are similar to other recent non-partisan polls, though it’s a steep decline in Christie’s 15 point lead in a July Strategic Vision survey. This month’s survey puts Christie at 46% to Corzine’s 38% and independent Christopher Daggett’s 8%.
Corzine’s approval rating in the poll is 37% positive and 54% negative. The only two other statewide elected officials, U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez (D-Hoboken) and Frank Lautenberg (D-Cliffside Park) have net positive approvals.
Strategic Vision surveyed 800 likely voters between September 18 and 20. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.
Meanwhile, a poll of 601 likely voters commissioned by a Democratic firm puts Christie and Corzine even. The Democracy Corps survey, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, puts Chrsitie at 40% to Corzine 39% and Daggett’s 11%. That’s well within the poll’s plus or minus 4% margin of error.
Democracy Corps polls released so far tend to show better numbers for Corzine than non-partisan surveys. The group found Chrisite’s favorability ratings in net negative territory for the first time, at 34% unfavorable to 32% favorable. The Fix’s Chris Cilizza called the 34% "the most important number in politics today."