While approval of Obama fades among New Jerseyans, he’s still the front-runner for Pres.


In a sign that New Jersey voters still are not sold on the Republican presidential hopefuls, 52 percent of registered voters give 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 signs 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.

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez saw his approval ratings jumped since an August poll put him upside down -39 to 42 – among New Jersey voters.  In this most recent poll, 42 percent of respondents give the senator a favorable rating with a year to go before he’s up for re-election versus 35 percent who disapprove.

Voters split 40 – 38 percent on whether Menendez deserves another Senate term.  By a 43 – 39 percent margin, voters say they would support Menendez over an unnamed Republican challenger.

No Republican has yet emerged to challenge Menendez, but several prominent GOP names are said to be eyeing a bid.

“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,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, not up for re-election for another three years, scored a favorable to unfavorable rating in line with Menendez as 46 percent of respondents approve of the job the state’s senior senator is doing, versus 37 percent who disapprove.




While approval of Obama fades among New Jerseyans, he’s still the front-runner for Pres.