Poll Finds Christie’s Numbers Underwater For First Time


New numbers are in and they’re not good for Chris Christie.

Two polls released Tuesday show his popularity and political support going in the wrong direction in New Jersey in the wake of scandals that have hit his administration, according to The Newark Star-Ledger.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll put the Republican governor’s statewide popularity at an all-time low — it has dropped 20 percentage points since November. Forty-one percent of voters surveyed said they approved of Christie’s job performance, compared to 44 percent who disapproved. According to the newspaper, this is the first time since Christie took office in 2010 that the poll shows Christie’s job approval underwater. The three-point difference, however, is within the poll’s 3.7 point margin of error. The poll surveyed 703 New Jersey voters between March 4 and March 9.

A second poll, released Tuesday by Rutgers-Eagleton, surveyed 729 registered New Jersey voters and was conducted between Feb. 22 and Feb. 28. In that poll, only 23 percent of respondents said the word “trustworthy” describes Christie very well, down 20 percentage points from October. Fifty-four percent said “strong leader” describes Christie very well, but even that number is the lowest he has received while in office.

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