Poll: Bridge Scandal Hasn’t Changed Public Opinion Of Christie

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie answers a question in Trenton, N.J., Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, about gay marriage issues being considered by the legislature.
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The George Washington Bridge scandal hasn’t changed voters’ opinions of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), a new poll released Wednesday afternoon found.

The NBC News/Marist poll found that 69 percent of those surveyed said their opinion of Christie hasn’t changed. Just 18 percent said they like Christie less because of the scandal while 5 percent said they like him more.

The poll also found that 44 percent of those surveyed believe Christie is telling the truth about the scandal while just 33 percent said he is not. Twenty-three percent said they were unsure.

In terms of favorables, the poll found that 29 percent of registered voters have a favorable view of Christie while 32 percent have an unfavorable view. Thirty-nine percent said they were unsure.

A Quinnipiac poll in December 2013 found Christie’s 47 percent had a favorable opinion of Christie while 23 percent said they had an unfavorable opinion of him. That’s a stark drop from the new poll’s 29 percent favorability finding. A new Rasmussen poll similarly found that Christie’s favorability dropped among New Jersey voters as well.

A Quinnipiac poll released earlier on Wednesday found New Jersey voters still strongly approve of the job Christie is doing as governor.

The NBC/Marist poll was conducted between Jan. 12 and 14 among 1,200 adults and 1,039 registered voters. For the total sample of national adults it had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. For registered voters the margin of error was 3 percentage points.

This post was updated.

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