Poll: Obama beats Christie in presidential matchup

A new poll shows the president beating the governor in a head-to-head matchup.

That’s President Obama defeating Gov. Christie 51 percent to 33.5 percent, according to a Stockton/Zogby poll commissioned by the William J. Hughes Center of Public Policy at Stockton College.

In addition, the poll shows that likely voters have a 65.6 percent favorable or somewhat favorable opinion of Obama.

The poll showed that 68.8 percent of voters somewhat or strongly disagreed with Christie running for president in 2012.

The poll of 1,000 likely N.J. voters was conducted from May 9 to 11 and has a margin of error of +3.2%.

N.J. voters were slightly positive on their overall opinion of Christie in general (48.8% favorable vs. 45.4% unfavorable). When asked if the election for N.J. governor was held today would they vote to re-elect Christie, voters were evenly split at 44.6% “yes” and 44.1% “no.”

“We explored reasons as to why those with an unfavorable opinion of the governor felt that way,” said Hughes Center Executive Director Sharon Schulman in a statement. “79.2% of the respondents did not like the way he treats the NJEA and teachers. This was evenly split among Democrats and Republicans. Other strong reasons were his policies, handling of the state budget and the way he treats unions. These results split along party lines with Democrats having more unfavorable opinions than Republicans.” Poll: Obama beats Christie in presidential matchup