NJ Politics Digest: Poll Finds Murphy Approval Slipping, Millionaire Tax Popular

Phil Murphy Offers Compromise Regarding Tax Hikes
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy. Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for William Hill Race & Sports Bar

There was both good news and bad news for Gov. Phil Murphy in a poll released Thursday.

The poll found that 72 percent of people responding backed the governor’s long-sought plan to increase taxes on millionaires. But the poll also found that a growing proportion of residents are unhappy with the job he is doing, and a large majority disapprove of how he’s handling the state’s crushing tax burden, according to a report by NJ.com.

The joint poll by Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics and Fairleigh Dickinson University found that Murphy still has the approval of a majority of state residents, with 52 percent approving of his job performance while 43 percent disapprove.

But those numbers don’t look so good when compared to a November Rutgers poll, where the approval/disapproval rates were 43/28 percent, or an October poll by FDU that showed a 49/31 percent split.

The news wasn’t necessarily good for Murphy’s efforts to legalize and tax recreational marijuana use either. His efforts on drugs have a 47 percent approval and a 41 percent disapproval rating—a narrow margin for the highly contentious issue.

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