President Barack Obama remains popular in New Jersey, but residents feel that he’s done more to help Wall Street than the middle class, according to a Monmouth University/Gannett poll released this morning.
“President Obama still has a decent amount of good will in the Garden State. But it’s important for him to turn around perceptions and focus on middle class concerns to prevent his approval rating from slipping further,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
Obama’s approval rating in the Garden State is 55% positive to 36% negative – better than his national average – while his favorability rating is even better, 61% to 26%.
But only 41% of residents said that Obama achieved either a “great deal” (10%) or a “good amount” (31%) during his first year in office, compared to 57% who said he either achieved nothing (16%) or “not very much” (41%). But 57% said they expected Obama to get more done in his second year in office.
A slight majority of New Jerseyans – 51% — said that Obama has done a lot to benefit Wall Street bankers. When it comes to the middle class, just 9% said he had done a lot for the socioeconomic group, while 43% said he had done a little for it.
New Jereseyans’ opinions on Congress are far less favorable. Sixty-one percent are dissatisfied with the way things are going in Washington. While 51% have either a great deal or good amount of confidence that Obama will “make the right decisions for the country’s future,” just 29% have that level of confidence in congressional Democrats and 24% in congressional Republicans.