The Republicans in New Jersey as a whole did not have a lot to cheer about on Election Day, but that didn’t affect Gov. Chris Christie’s standing in the public’s eyes.
That’s how the latest Quinnipiac University poll, released today, sees it.
Christie retained a solid job approval rating of 56-38 percent despite the GOP failure to make any gains in the legislative races last week, according to the poll.
Those numbers are little changed from the 58-38 approval rating from an Oct. 12 poll.
Not only that, but voters approve 70-18 percent of how the governor handled the aftermath of the October snowstorm.
In fact, according to polling institute Director Maurice Carroll, Christie’s numbers have been solid ever since he formally ended speculation of a presidential bid and then subsequently threw his support behind Mitt Romney.
“Whether it’s his handling of the October snowstorm or just momentum, he’s still flying high,” Carroll said in a release. “Women don’t like him as much as men, but his one-time huge gender gap has shrunk.”
His approval rating among men is 60-35 percent, and among women it is 52-42.
Back in an Aug. 17 poll by Quinnipiac, women disapproved of Christie 55-37 percent, but those numbers flipped in October to an approval rating of 51-44 percent.
Although Christie’s approval numbers are strong, all voters, however, are divided 46–48 percent that Christie’s failure to make Republican gains in the Legislature means he will have trouble if he runs for re-election in 2013, according to the poll.
Although there were stories of post-snowstorm power-outage difficulties, voters approved 51–41 percent of the way the state’s utilities responded to the snowstorm, the poll showed.
Respondents said 60-34 percent that the time needed to restore power was reasonable.
“Voters think Christie handled the storm well,” Carroll said. “Despite the loud howls of those without power (the Christie family’s Mendham home was among them), voters overall give the utilities a passing grade.”
The latest Quinnipiac poll shows that President Obama has solid numbers as far as New Jersey is concerned.
Matched one-on-one against Republican contenders Obama has solid leads:
- 49 – 40 percent over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney;
- 54 – 31 percent over Texas Gov. Rick Perry;
- 55 – 32 percent over former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain;
- 53 – 34 percent over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
According to the poll, Romney leads the GOP primary pack with 29 percent, followed by Gingrich at 22 percent, Cain at 12 percent and no other candidate above 6 percent. Perry has 3 percent.