FDU: Obama’s approval rating jumps to 55%

This morning’s Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™ Poll shows 55% of New Jersey voters approve of President Obama’s job performance, an 8-point uptick from April, while 36% disapprove. 

The 19-point spread, 55%-36%, represents an increase from 47%-42% as measured in early April.

Obama’s approval rating increased by a third to 21% from 16% among GOP voters, while Democrats’ approval of the president increased by 9 points to 82% from 73%.

“The president has had a good month,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “In particular, his high profile in foreign policy is reflected in these numbers.

“But people are still anxious about the future,” Woolley added.

One-third of Garden State voters (34%) say the country is headed in the right direction,” essentially unchanged from April (32%).  Meanwhile, 51% say the country is ‘on the wrong track.’  Another 15% are unsure.”

Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted the statewide poll of 804 registered voters by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from May 16 through May 22, 2011. The poll has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points. FDU: Obama’s approval rating jumps to 55%