More New Jersey registered voters say their opinion of Gov. Gov. Chris Christie has worsened than improved since he took office, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today, in which 45% of voters have a favorable impression of the governorn, compared to 47% who say they feel unfavorable.
The negativitiy rating represents a jump of 21 points since February 2010, when 45 percent of voters had a favorable impression of the governor, while only 26 percent felt unfavorable.
While one-third of Garden Staters say there has been no change in their opinion of the governor, 38 percent say they have a worse opinion now of Christie and 28 percent say their opinion has gotten better.
“Most leaders find their ratings slipping over time, often as they put their priorities in place,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. “While people often start out willing to give the benefit of the doubt to new officeholders, as decisions get made, more people begin to feel either positive or negative about them. In this case, Governor Christie has generated strong feelings, and thus polarized opinion.”
The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll represents a sampling of 615 registered voters contacted on both landline and cell phone households from Aug. 9 – 15. The poll has a margin of error for the full sample of +/- 3.9 percentage points.