President Barack Obama, who will campaign for Gov. Jon Corzine in Camden and Newark on Sunday, has a split 47%-45% approval rating in New Jersey, according to a new survey conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP), a North Carolina-based firm that works primarily for Democrats.
Essex and Camden counties look to be the right place for Obama to tout Corzine's re-election. The poll shows Corzine with 67% of the Black vote and 53% of the Latino vote; Democrats in New Jersey typically receive substantially higher numbers from these two critical components of their base vote. And Corzine is only getting 66% of New Jerseyans who say they voted for Obama last year; 16% are going to Christopher Daggett, and 12% to Christopher Christie. (Christie is getting 77% of John McCain's votes, with 9% to Daggett and 7% to Corzine.)
Nearly one-third of Obama '08 voters view Corzine unfavorably: 59%-32%. Daggett has 35%-26% favorables among New Jersey Obama voters.