(CNN) - He may not say 'bah humbug,' but that doesn't stop New Jersey voters from identifying their governor as Ebenezer Scrooge.
According to a new Quinnipiac University poll, more Garden State voters see GOP Gov. Chris Christie as Scrooge than Santa Claus. Fifty-four percent identify Christie with Scrooge; 28 percent associate him more closely with Santa Claus.
The Scrooge rating, however, comes mostly from Democrats. Seventy-one percent of Democrats see him as the cold-hearted Charles Dickens character. Forty-seven percent of Republicans see the governor as St. Nick.
There is also a small gender gap, with more women than men identifying him as Scrooge.
"At this Christmas season, Quinnipiac University turned to Charles Dickens and Clement Clarke Moore for inspiration," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "We seem to have inspired voters, especially Democrats, to say their governor could use a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future."
The poll surveyed 1,276 New Jersey voters between December 14 and 19 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
Christie beat the Democratic incumbent Jon Corzine in 2009, and has since gained national prominence for his straight talk and tough decision making.
In order to close a large state deficit, the governor recently made budget cuts that included layoffs of state workers and a reduction in aid to public schools.
Another recent poll shows New Jersey voters are sharply divided over how Christie is performing in their state's top public job.