Newly-elected Gov. Christopher Christie has an upside-down 33%-37% favorable rating, down from 45%-26% in February, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today. Christie’s proposed budget has a 42%-50% approval rating.
“Three weeks after the budget speech, the impact is starting to sink in,” said David Redlawsk, the poll director. “The results are recognition that the proposed budget cuts are going to hurt and a significant decrease in favorable impressions of Christie.”
Christie has predicted that his approvals would drop as the state considers his plan to address the budget deficit.
“We can’t and won’t govern by poll. Too many politicians and too many governors have done that. You end up being ineffective and, frankly, dishonest with the public,” said Christie’s press secretary, Michael Drewniak.
Redlawsk said that nearly 40% of New Jerseyans watched or listened to at least part of Christie’s budget address, and 65% heard or read something about it. Of those aware of the proposed state budget, 42% say they are pleased with it, and 50% are displeased. Among those who view Christie unfavorably, 90% are displeased, while 88% of New Jerseyans who like Christie like his budget.
“Support for Christie is tied directly to the budget proposal,” said Redlawsk. “Of particular note is that the 30 percent of New Jerseyans who have neither a favorable nor unfavorable impression of Christie are displeased by the budget by a 50 percent to 30 percent margin.”
“Those percentages are a testament to how seriously people take the state’s economic situation,” said Redlawsk. “They also recognize how visible Christie has been on the budget issue. There are very high levels of awareness across all demographic groups.”
Rutgers-Eagleton surveyed 953 New Jersey adults between March 31 and April 3, and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.