50% of NJ voters say Obama deserves second term

President Barack Obama’s support in New Jersey has rebounded from its low in August, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Half of Garden State voters now say the president deserves a second term, up from 43 percent two months ago.

At the same time, nearly two-thirds of voters are happy with Gov. Chris Christie’s announcement that he will not run for president in 2012. Voters are somewhat unsure whether Christie has the personality to make a good president, with 47 percent agreeing, and 49 percent disagreeing, much along partisan lines. 

“As the presidential race start to jell, President Obama may have benefited from Christie’s decision to stay out,” said poll Director David Redlawsk, a professor of political science at Rutgers University. “Had the governor jumped in, many New Jersey voters would have had a tougher decision: support the home state guy, or a Democratic president. What we’re seeing now is at least some movement back to New Jersey’s blue-state history. Even so, the election is far off and the Republican race is still not settled. Obama can take nothing for granted.”

Results are from a poll of 903 adults, including a sample of 821 registered voters conducted among both landline and cell phone households from Oct. 6-9. The full sample of registered voters reported here has a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points. 50% of NJ voters say Obama deserves second term