For Booker, New Poll Finds Low Desire for Presidential Bid and High Approval

Sen. Cory Booker (left) and Rep. John Lewis of Georgia. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

New Jersey voters have little desire for a presidential bid from U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, according to a new poll, although respondents largely approve of his performance in the Senate.

Booker has been on many speculative shortlists for the 2020 Democratic nomination, but the Quinnipac University poll released Wednesday found that 54 percent of respondents don’t want him to run for the White House, while 33 percent favor the idea. Voters approved of his job performance 57 percent to 33 percent.

Krista Jenkins, a pollster at Fairleigh Dickinson University, said those numbers may reflect a desire for Booker stay in a role where he is seen as succeeding rather than leave to challenge President Trump in the next presidential cycle.

“If you’re happy with who you have representing you, why would you want to push him out the door to go do something else?” she said.

The poll also found Trump’s popularity flagging in the state. The president had a 35 percent job approval among New Jersey voters, and 56 percent disapproval. That was only marginally better than the 34 percent approval and 59 percent disapproval in a March 15 Quinnipiac poll, a difference within the margin of error. There was a significant gender gap, with women supporting Trump 28 percent to 63 percent and men 43 percent to 49 percent.

Quinnipac surveyed 1,209 Garden State voters for the poll, with a margin of error of plus-minus 2.8 percentage points.

For Booker, New Poll Finds Low Desire for Presidential Bid and High Approval