Quinnipiac: Obama upside down in New Jersey but still beats GOP candidates

In a sign that New Jersey voters still are not sold on the Republican presidential hopefuls, 52 percent of registered voters disapprove of the job President Obama is doing, but voters still would vote for him over the GOP front-runners, according to a new poll.

And while only 43 percent of respondents to the Quinnipiac University poll approve of the job the president is doing, voters are evenly split 47 to 48 percent on whether Obama deserves re-election.

In matchups versus GOP front-runners Mitt Romney, Herman Cain and Gov. Rick Perry, Obama wins handily with Romney coming the closest at 47 to 41 percent in favor of the incumbent president. In a sign that former front-runner Perry’s fortunes may be dimming, the Texas governor fared the worst against Obama at 49 to 36 in favor of the president.

“President Barack Obama is in the dumps in traditionally blue New Jersey, but he’s doing better than Snooki, and fortunately for the president, he’s doing better than this week’s crop of Republican contenders,” Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll said.

Quinnipiac: Obama upside down in New Jersey but still beats GOP candidates