RU Poll: support for Christie dips after budget address; Obama support strong

In a survey conducted after his Feb. 22 budget address, 46% of New Jersey voters said they have a favorable impression of Gov. Chris Christie, compared to 44%, who do not, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today.

They were 10 points more positive than negative about Christie in a poll last December, and have also become “slightly less positive about the governor’s job performance since then,” according to the findings of Rutgers-Eagleton.

“While some polls showed Gov. Christie’s support increasing before the budget speech, reaction to the budget itself is mixed, which appears to be reflected in a decline in his post-speech favorability and job performance ratings,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University.

Redlawsk said President Barack Obama’s favorability rating among voters is at 57%, while 36% disapprove: consistently better than the governor’s since December.

Rutgers-Eagleton conducted the poll of 912 New Jersey adults from Feb. 24-26. The margin of error is +/- 3.3% points.

RU Poll: support for Christie dips after budget address; Obama support strong