The Corner

Another Poll Shows Bridgegate Having Little Impact on Christie’s Approval Rating

A new Reuters/Ipsos poll finds that half of people surveyed have not been influenced in their opinion of Chris Christie by the controversy over the George Washington Bridge lane closures, reinforcing the findings of other recent polls on public reaction to the story.

Forty-nine percent of respondents in the Reuters/Ipsos poll said the bridge controversy has not affected how they feel about Christie, while 26 percent now view him less favorably as a result of the revelations. Additionally, respondents were split on whether they believe Christie was unaware of the decision to close the lanes, with 28 percent saying they believed his explanation and 31 percent saying they thought he was lying.

A Pew poll released on Monday also reflected that the Christie story was having little impact on people’s perception of the New Jersey governor, with 60 percent saying their opinion of him had not changed; 16 percent said they viewed him less favorably.

Most Popular

White House

More Evidence the Guardrails Are Gone

At the end of last month, just as the news of the Ukraine scandal started dominating the news cycle, I argued that we're seeing evidence that the guardrails that staff had placed around Donald Trump's worst instincts were in the process of breaking down. When Trump's staff was at its best, it was possible to draw ... Read More
Politics & Policy

Elizabeth Warren Is Not Honest

If you want to run for office, political consultants will hammer away at one point: Tell stories. People respond to stories. We’ve been a story-telling species since our fur-clad ancestors gathered around campfires. Don’t cite statistics. No one can remember statistics. Make it human. Make it relatable. ... Read More
World

Is America Becoming Sinicized?

A little over 40 years ago, Chinese Communist strongman and reformer Deng Xiaoping began 15 years of sweeping economic reforms. They were designed to end the disastrous, even murderous planned economy of Mao Zedong, who died in 1976. The results of Deng’s revolution astonished the world. In four decades, ... Read More
Economy & Business

Andrew Yang, Snake Oil Salesman

Andrew Yang, the tech entrepreneur and gadfly, has definitely cleared the bar for a successful cause candidate. Not only has he exceeded expectations for his polling and fundraising, not only has he developed a cult following, not only has he got people talking about his signature idea, the universal basic ... Read More
Politics & Policy

O’Rourke’s America

With apologies to Margaret Atwood and a thousand other dystopian novelists, we do not have to theorize about what an American police state would look like, because we know what it looks like: the airport, that familiar totalitarian environment where Americans are disarmed, stripped of their privacy, divested of ... Read More