Rutgers-Eagleton: Christie at 44% fave; Obama at 55%

New Jersey voters remain split on their impression of budget time Gov. Chris Christie, according to today’s Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Forty-four percent of registered voters give the governor a favorable rating, but 42 percent view him unfavorably and 14 percent have no opinion. In February, 46 percent viewed the governor favorably and 44 percent unfavorably.

“We’re seeing essentially the same numbers we did last month. Christie’s favorability rating has not rebounded to prebudget address numbers,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “In December, positive views were 10 points higher than negative. Following the budget address, negatives went up and positives went down, where they have stayed.”

At the federal level, President Barack Obama’s favorability rating stands at 55 percent in New Jersey, according to Rutgers-Eagleton, with 32 percent viewing him unfavorably and 13 percent reporting no opinion. Obama’s position has not changed much, either, from the 57 percent to 36 percent recorded in late February.

Results are from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of 773 registered voters conducted among both landline and cell phone households from March 28 to April 4, with a margin of error for the full sample of +/- 3.5 percentage points. Rutgers-Eagleton: Christie at 44% fave; Obama at 55%