Quinnipiac: Christie approval 51%

A majority of New Jerseyans like their governor and want to keep him in Trenton, not graduate him to Washington, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released this morning.

Gov. Chris Christie has a 51-38% approval rating, according to the poll, which is higher than President Barack Obama’s 46-50% mark with New Jersey voters. But 61-24%, and 45-36% among Republicans say Christie would not make a good president. Moreover, 60-21% of voters believe Christie will not run for president in 2012. 

Today’s poll gave voters the chane to grade their governor, and the breakdown was as follows: A (17%); B 31%); C (20%; D (16%); F (15%).

Pollsters tried to gauge whether Christie is more leader than bully, and 50% of voters said he is, while 42% said bully first, leader afterwards. Forty-eight percent of those polled said Christie is “confrontational,” while 43% were content to describe him as “honest and refreshing.”

First year in office? Fifty-two percent call it mostly a success and 35% say mostly a failure. Thirty-two percent of those polled said the governor is doing better than expected, while 23% say he is doing worse. Forty-two percent ssay he is doing as well as they expected.

“We like our in-your-face governor, Christopher Christie, and think he’s a real Jersey guy – sometimes a bully, often confrontational, but getting a fair number of A’s and a lot of B’s in his first year,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“But all that Christie-for-President chatter in the national news media? New Jerseyans think it’s more political gossip than a serious possibility. Only one in five think he might run and most doubt that he’s ready for the White House.”

From November 3 – 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,362 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

Quinnipiac: Christie approval 51%