Poll shows strong support for Christie as governor, not so much for president

New Jersey voters want Chris Christie as the top politician in the state, but they are not so sure they want him running the country.

Those are the findings of the latest Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Voters approve 70-23 percent of the job Christie is doing as governor, and he leads Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Sen. Barbara Buono 60-25 percent.

Voters say Christie deserves a second term by a 66-25 percent margin, with Democrats supporting his re-election 44-23 percent.

Christie has a four-month run of 70 percent-plus approval ratings, which Quinnipiac says is the highest score of any governor in the seven states the university surveys.

“New Jersey voters rate Gov. Christopher Christie’s performance in Trenton at his now-routine astronomical level.   And they think he deserves re-election in November,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, in a release.

“Would he shine as brightly in Washington?  New Jerseyans’ views are mixed.  Ditto on whether he should run for president in 2016.”

N.J. voters said by a margin of 44-41 percent that Christie would not make a good president.

Additionally, only 46 percent would like to see Christie run for president in 2016, while 47 percent want to keep him in Trenton.

Christie gets a 69–22 percent favorability rating, including 48–38 percent among Democrats.  For Buono, 79 percent don’t know enough about her to form an opinion, according to the poll.

“Who is that woman?   Everybody knows Christie and hardly anyone knows Sen. Barbara Buono, even though she’s running an energetic, endorsement-rich campaign,” Carroll said.

From March 19–24, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,129 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.  Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. 

Same-sex marriage

By a 64–30 percent margin, voters support a law allowing same sex couples to marry, according to the poll. 

Men support same-sex marriage 60–32 percent, with a larger 68–28 percent support among women. 

New Jersey voters say 72–22 percent it’s a good idea to decide the same-sex marriage issue by referendum on the November ballot.

Obama approval

President Barack Obama’s approval rating took a dip.

He received a 54–42 percent job approval rating in the Garden State, compared to 57–40 percent Feb. 21.  

Poll shows strong support for Christie as governor, not so much for president