Skip to comments.New Jersey's Christie Gets Good Grades For First Year, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
Posted on 11/09/2010 3:17:15 PM PST by SeekAndFind
New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie gets decent grades from voters as he nears the end of his first year in office, with a 51 - 38 percent approval rating, higher than President Barack Obama or any other statewide leader, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.
Assigning letter grades to the governor's performance, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds: 17 percent of New Jersey voters give Christie an A; 31 percent give him a B; 20 percent give him a C; 16 percent give him a D; 15 percent give him an F.
Christie is more of a leader than a bully, voters say 50 - 42 percent. But 48 percent say he is "confrontational," while 43 percent say he is "honest and refreshing."
His first year in office has been mainly a success, 52 percent of voters say, while 35 percent say it's been mainly a failure. Christie is doing a better job than expected, 32 percent say, as 23 percent say he is doing a worse job and 42 percent say he is doing about as well as they expected.
"We like our in-your-face governor, Christopher Christie, and think he's a real Jersey guy - sometimes a bully, often confrontational, but getting a fair number of A's and a lot of B's in his first year," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.
"But all that Christie-for-President chatter in the national news media? New Jerseyans think it's more political gossip than a serious possibility. Only one in five think he might run and most doubt that he's ready for the White House."
New Jersey voters say 61 - 24 percent that Christie would not make a good president. Even Republicans say only 45 - 36 percent that their governor is ready for the White House. Christie will not run for president in 2012, voters say 60 - 21 percent, and speculation that he will is just political gossip, 67 percent of voters say.
Still, Christie outscores President Obama, who gets a negative 46 - 50 percent approval rating in the Garden State, down from a 47 - 47 percent split in an August 19 Quinnipiac University poll and Obama's worst score ever in the state.
Other New Jersey elected officials don't do much better: Voters disapprove 28 - 20 percent of the way the State Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney is doing his job, with 52 percent undecided; Voters disapprove 22 - 19 percent of the job Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver is doing, with 59 percent undecided; Voters approve 31 - 18 percent of the job Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno is doing, with 50 percent undecided; Voters disapprove 51 - 28 percent of the State Assembly; Voters disapprove 53 - 29 percent of the State Senate.
Voters are evenly divided on New Jersey's two U.S. Senators, giving Sen. Frank Lautenberg a split 43 - 44 percent approval rating and giving Sen. Robert Menendez a slightly negative 38 - 41 percent score.
"Just about everyone has an opinion on Gov. Christie, but it looks as if New Jerseyans don't pay attention to Trenton. We don't know much about Senate Majority Leader Stephen Sweeney or Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver," Carroll said.
"Sen. Robert Menendez is said to be getting into gear for his 2012 campaign. He'd better. Not only did Democrats lose Bergen County, right next door to Menendez' Hudson County home, on Election Day; he gets a slightly negative job approval measure.
"Only overwhelming support among black voters keeps President Barack Obama's job approval from tanking. He trails badly among white voters in a state that still looks pretty blue."
From November 3 - 8, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,362 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.
The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.
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It should read that he gets top grades from voting taxpayers...
So what. Beware this man. He is not a Conservative.
He backed the libs view of the Ground Zero Mosque
He backed Mike Castle for Senate after COD won the primary.
He feels the Tea Party is a net LOSS for the GOP this election cycle.
His slippery answers on Life issues is suspect.
Concur, Concur, Concur.
Add RGGI too.
The rest of the scum in this state can’t stand him.
He’s also pro ‘path to citizenship’ for illegal aliens.
keep in mind too...from a horribly blue state
He also thinks illegals aliens have ‘’broken no laws’’.
He also has worsened 2nd Amendment rights in the People’s Republic.
I would not vote for him, but no offense meant, I would not live in Bhutan either. Considering the choices, the voters made the best choice they had available.