Up for re-election in 2012, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) continues to have “anemic numbers,” according to this morning’s Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind Poll.
Fifty-two percent of Garden State voters either have not heard of Menendez or have no opinion of him; 28% have a favorable view of him, and 19% have an unfavorable view. More than half of Democrats, 54%, say they haven’t heard of him or have no opinion of him. But 41% of Democrats have a favorable view of him, while just 5% have an unfavorable view.
“There’s no doubt the senator needs to raise his profile at home,” said political scientist Peter Woolley. “But with Chris Christie in Trenton, the Tea Party in Congress, Obama’s re-election, and events abroad cascading through the news, it’s probably hard to get a word in edgewise.”
The same poll shows U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) viewed favorably by 35% of voters and unfavorably by 28%. Among Democrats, 48% have a favorable opinion of him and 10% unfavorable.
The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 711 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from March 29 through April 4, 2011, and has a margin of error of +/-4 percentage points.