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Quinnipiac: New Jerseyans Increasingly Split on Chris Christie

Quinnipiac finds New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie experiencing a bit of an end-of-the-year slide:

New Jersey voters give Gov. Christie a split 46 – 44 percent job approval rating and also divide 47 – 48 percent on whether they approve of his governing style, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Gov. Christie’s latest job approval rating compares to 51 – 38 percent in a November 9 survey by the independent Quinnipiac  University.

Christie’s approval is 74 – 21 percent among Republicans and 48 – 41 percent among independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 65 – 22 percent.

The governor’s attempt to change a “historically liberal State Supreme Court” is a bad idea, voters say 45 – 39 percent.  Support for the governor is 71 – 19 percent among Republicans as independent voters split 43 – 41 percent.  Democrats oppose the move 71 – 13 percent.

Voter opinion of the State Senate’s failure to act on a Christie Supreme Court nominee is: 37 percent say the State Senate is protecting an independent judiciary; 32 percent call it foot-dragging.

“Overall, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie still gets a split decision.  Democrats don’t like him at all; Republicans like him a lot.  His ‘Jersey-guy’ in-your-face governing style?   An even split,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“The governor’s big mid-year scrap against the State Supreme Court was revived when one of the seven judges called the court’s current shape unconstitutional.   Public opinion is running against Gov. Christie on this issue and his overall approval rating has eroded a bit since our last look.”


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