Menendez job approval at 42%, says Quinnipiac

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez gets a 42 – 35 percent approval rating, up from a 39 – 42 percent score August 17, according to this morning’s Quinnipiac University poll.

Voters split 40 – 38 percent on whether Menendez deserves another six-year term in the Senate. By a narrow 43 – 39 percent, voters say they would vote for Menendez over an unnamed Republican challenger.

“Sen. Robert Menendez doesn’t have a 2012 opponent yet, but he ought to be watchful. His job approval and ‘deserves reelection’ scores are pallid and even Democratic disapprovers are in the double digits,” Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll said.

The same poll said. New Jersey voters approve 46 – 37 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is doing, up from 43 – 45 percent in August.

Menendez job approval at 42%, says Quinnipiac