The latest Quinnipiac Poll released this morning shows Gov. Christie’s approval rating at 52 percent, a bounce back from a 46 percent approval rating in late December.
According to the poll, state residents approve 52 – 40 percent of the job the first-term governor is doing and say 54 – 35 percent that his first year in office is a success.
In the Dec. 21 poll, his approval rating was 46 – 44 percent.
Republicans in the survey just released approve of Christie 82 – 11 percent and say 85 – 10 that his first year is a success. Independent voters also approve 55 – 36 percent and give him a 59 – 30 percent thumbs up for his first year. Democrats disapprove 66 – 27 percent and say 59 – 27 percent the governor’s first year has been a failure.
On a personal note, respondents were given four choices about liking the governor.
Forty-one percent said they like him as a person and approve of most of his policies; 17 percent like him personally but disapprove of his policies; 9 percent dislike him personally but still like his policies; and 27 percent dislike Christie as well as his public agenda.
“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is a real New Jersey guy and he stirs a lot of real New Jersey emotions,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
“A lot of people like him and his policies and others who don’t like his policies like him anyway. And then there are people who don’t like him or his policies. Go figure. Or if you’re a New Jersey guy, or a Jersey girl, and don’t like to be told what to do – don’t figure.
“Christie’s job approval jumps up and his first year is rated a success, but Democrats still don’t much like him.
From Feb. 3 – 7, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,347 registered voters with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers called land lines and cell phones.