New Jerseyans are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the state today, according to today's Quinnipiac University poll. 32% are either "very satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied," while 67% of voters are either "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."
Twelve years ago, the last time an incumbent governor ran for re-election, an October Quinnipiac poll said that 61% of New Jerseyans were either "very satisfied or somewhat satisfied" with life in the state, while 38% were either "somewhat dissatisfied" or "very dissatisfied."
Gov. Jon Corzine's job approvals are upside-down, 39%-56%. Among independents, his approvals are at 34%-62%. Republican Christopher Christie leads him narrowly, 41%-40%, a number within the margin of error.
When Gov. Christine Todd Whitman ran for re-election in 1997, her October approvals were at 53%-43%; she was a 49%-47% among independents. She had an eight-point lead, 45%-37%, over Democratic challenger James E. McGreevey. Whitman won that race just narrowly, 47%-46%.