Washington (CNN) - Two new polls indicate that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's poll numbers are on the rise.
The surveys Tuesday release come as Christie marks a little over a year in office, and come just days before the Garden State's Republican governor is on the ballot at a straw poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, even though he has repeatedly said he is not going to run for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll, 52 percent of New Jersey voters say they approve of the job their in-your-face style governor is doing in office, with four in ten saying they disapprove. Christie's approval rating is up 6 points from a 46 percent approval rating in Quinnipiac's last poll in New Jersey, which was conducted in December.
But the poll indicates a partisan divide, with more than eight in ten Republicans but just over a quarter of Democrats approving of the job Christie's doing as governor. Independent voters approve by a 55 to 36 percent margin.
Fifty-four percent of people questioned in the poll say they rate Christie's first year in office as a success, with 35 percent calling it a failure. There's a similar partisan divide on the success or failure question.
"New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is a real New Jersey guy and he stirs a lot of real New Jersey emotions," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "A lot of people like him and his policies and others who don't like his policies like him anyway. And then there are people who don't like him or his policies. Go figure. Or if you're a New Jersey guy, or a Jersey girl, and don't like to be told what to do – don't figure."
According to a Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll also released Tuesday, 49 percent of New Jersey voters approve of Christie's job in office, with 41 percent saying they disapprove. The 49 percent approval rating is up five points from Monmouth's last poll, conducted in September.
Like the Quinnipiac survey, the Monmouth poll indicates a wide partisan divide over Christie. And according to the survey, the governor gets high grades on controlling costs and cutting waste, but lower grades on providing property tax relief.
"New Jersey's highest in the nation property tax burden continues to shadow the governor. He's built a reputation for getting things done, so he may suffer the most if relief doesn't come soon," says Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.
In 2009 Christie pulled off an upset victory over Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Since his election, he has drawn national attention for pushing budget cuts through a Democratic state legislature, and for his often outspoken style.
The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February 3-7, with 1,347 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.
The Monmouth University/Gannett New Jersey poll was conducted February 2-7, with 801 Garden state adults questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.
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