The Campaign Spot

Christie’s Job Approval: 52 Percent

This morning, Quinnipiac brings good news to both New Jersey governor Chris Christie and President Obama:

New Jersey voters approve 52 – 40 percent of the job Gov. Christopher Christie is doing and say 54 – 35 percent that his first year in office is a success, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This compares to a split 46 – 44 percent job approval in a December 21 survey by the independent Quinnipiac University.

In today’s survey, Republicans approve of Gov. Christie 82 – 11 percent and say 85 – 10 that his first year is a success. Independent voters also approve 55 – 36 percent and give him a  59 – 30 percent thumbs up for his first year.  Democrats disapprove 66 – 27 percent and say      59 – 27 percent the governor’s first year has been a failure.

There’s fairly good news for the state’s Democrats, as well:

President Barack Obama’s job approval rating is growing in the Garden State and now stands at 55 – 41 percent, up from 50 – 45 percent in a December 21 Quinnipiac University poll and a negative 50 – 46 percent November 9.

Democrats approve 90 – 8 percent and independent voters give him a narrow 49 – 45 percent thumbs up, but disapproval is 83 – 15 percent among Republicans.  There is a gender split as men approve 50 – 46 percent while women approve 59 – 37 percent.  White voters disapprove 50 – 45 percent while black voters approve 91 – 7 percent.

“A bit of an up-tick for Obama.  Black voters approve enthusiastically and he gets a slight negative among white voters,” Carroll said.  “New Jersey women like the president a lot more than men.”

New Jersey voters are feeling better about their two U.S. Senators, as well:

•     Sen. Frank Lautenberg gets a 45 – 40 percent score, up from a 42 – 43 percent split December 21;

•     Sen. Robert Menendez gets a 44 – 36 percent score, his highest approval ever and up from a negative 38 – 42 percent December 21.

Senator Menendez . . . what have you been doing to have 44 percent your highest approval rating ever?

Most Popular

White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More
White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More
Film & TV

Hillbilly Elegy: Ron Howard’s Inverted Mayberry

Hollywood knows two registers when it comes to the white working class (WWC): sentimentalizing and condescending. WWCs are either cute, neighborly, and folksy, or they constitute a tawdry, alien life form. There are 130 million WWCs in our country, and yet nobody in Hollywood has the slightest grasp of them. With ... Read More
Film & TV

Hillbilly Elegy: Ron Howard’s Inverted Mayberry

Hollywood knows two registers when it comes to the white working class (WWC): sentimentalizing and condescending. WWCs are either cute, neighborly, and folksy, or they constitute a tawdry, alien life form. There are 130 million WWCs in our country, and yet nobody in Hollywood has the slightest grasp of them. With ... Read More
History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More
History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More