Quinnipiac: Christie’s job approval at 51-36%

A Quinnipiac University poll released this morning shows Gov. Chris Christie with a 51-36% job approval rating, with 51-39% convinced that the governor is more “leader” than “bully;” up from a June 17 survey when voters split 44-43% and 44-43% on the same questions. 

The poll also shows that 46-43% believe the governor is “confrontational” rather than “honest and refreshing,” down from the 52-38% voter response to the same question two months ago. 

Broken down by party affiliation: the Republican governor has a 75-13% aproval rating with the GOP, and a 61-29% approval rating with independents. Among Democrats, 63-24% disapprove of Christie’s performance. 

“New Jerseyans are getting used to their new Governor, Christopher Christie, as his job approval breaks the 50% mark. But familiarity hasn’t helped him much with Democrats,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “A lot of voters still think Christie is a bully, but the victories he chalked up in the legislature earn him good marks for leadership.”


In other results from the poll, voters disapprove 28-17% of the way the State Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney (D-West Deptford) is doing his job, with 55% undecided, and split 19-19% on Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver (D-East Orange), with 63% undecided. Voters disapprove 45-28% on the State Assembly and 46- 30% on the State Senate.

“They are formidable in Trenton, but voters don’t know much about Sen. Stephen Sweeney or Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver,” Carroll said. “Overall, we don’t think much of the legislature.”

Quinnipiac conducted the poll of 1,190 New Jersey voters Aug. 9-17. The poll has a +/-2.8% margin of error.

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Quinnipiac: Christie’s job approval at 51-36%