Christie tops 'no opinion' list
April 11th, 2011
03:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Christie tops 'no opinion' list

Washington (CNN) – While the media continues its love affair, or perhaps flirtation, with Gov. Chris Christie, the majority of Americans have no opinion of the New Jersey Republican, according to a new national survey.

In the Gallup poll released Monday, 52 percent of registered voters had no opinion of Christie, 27 percent held a favorable view and 22 percent had an unfavorable view. He fared slightly better among Republicans, 47 percent of whom had no opinion, while 41 percent had a favorable view and 12 percent had an unfavorable view. Among independents 55 percent had no opinion, 26 percent had a favorable opinion and 20 percent had an unfavorable view. Fifty percent of registered Democrats had no opinion, 18 percent had a favorable view and 32 percent had an unfavorable view.

Christie has made national headlines with his blunt talk and tough budget stances, while shooting down calls to run for president in 2012. In fact, in February he joked that he would rather commit suicide than run for the GOP nomination.

"What do I have to do to convince people I'm not running? Apparently, I have to commit suicide to convince people that I'm not running," Christie said at a speech in Washington. "I'm not stupid; I see the opportunity. But that's not the reason to run."

And among other long-shot GOP candidates, Christie received the highest "no opinion" rating from registered Republicans with 47 percent compared to 32 percent for Gen. David Petraeus, 21 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and 10 percent for real estate mogul Donald Trump. Christie also topped the list among all registered voters.

The poll was conducted between March 25 and March 27 with 1,027 adults questioned by telephone. The survey had a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    Don't kill yourself Chris..just go to the restaurant, eat everything in sight, eat a "wafer thin" mint and end up like Mr Creosil. You look like you've already been spending plenty of time at the buffet table

    April 11, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. CNN The Masters of Spin

    Christie, as well as Trump, may or may not run in 2012......but really it is irrevelant.......because what both of these men have done is show the GOP that whoever can "take it to Obambi" on all the tough areas where McCain tippy toed around, can easily win the 2012 election! However, until the GOP realizes that they do NOT need the "blessings" of the Liberal Media.....or any media group to win, they will NOT win! What most Americans want is someone who is willing to press Obambi on things like; his place of birth, his world view, his faith/beliefs, his vision for the future of this Great Nation.....that's how to beat Obambi, bring him to answer the questions he (with the help of the Libreal Media) has been able to avoid up until now!
    This nation is looking for someone to step up and force people off Government dependancy and into the work force!

    April 11, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    According to Rasmussen, 27% favorable – 52% no opinion gives Christie a -25% rating. I think if he is serious about running for president, he needs to become a birther.

    April 11, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. fideauxdon

    My opinion is that he's the candidate most likely to die of a heart attack in office.

    April 11, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I wonder what geographic demographic they polled. If they had asked the people of New Jersey, they would not get those results at all. Almost everyone who votes has an opinion of the Governer. Most think he is a bully, and a bit disingenious.

    For example, when he took office and made an immediate tax cut for the wealthy that amounted to $800M annually. He then claimed a budget shortfall and cut that same dollar amount from the state education budget, which resulted in wide spread teacher layoffs and cut programs.

    Curiously enough, he actually increased spending for school vouchers. I have never liked the voucher programs. They represent the systematic dismantling of our public schools systems. Then, more tax dollars become available to be diverted to the wealthiest in society.

    Are you starting to see a pattern emerging with conservative policies?

    April 11, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    A three legged, one eared, blind hunting dog with asthma, who goes by the name of "Lucky," is better than any of the current republican candidates for president.

    April 11, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Bill NY

    Mr. Christie is a perfect example of why this country is in trouble. He shoots his mouth off and out comes half-truths and outright lies, yet no one questions him and his adoring public laps it up. He is another politician who says that the rich will just have to do with more and the rest can go to hell.

    April 11, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. ConservaFascists/FUBAR

    I've got an opinion of him. He's a Wall St. scumbag.

    April 11, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. bryan

    what an utterly useless story? no opinon means people dont know who he is not that they dont like him....a better point would be that he has 26 to 20 favorable view among independants...that would be about 60/40 if people knew who he was!

    April 11, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    Maybe its because the majority of Americans can't form an opionion on someone who has not done anything significant. This is his first elected office, unless I'm mistaken, and he does not have a political pedigree, so take him at his word.

    April 11, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. gg

    He's just another loud-mouthed brainless Republicon

    April 11, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I would prefer that he not be governor of the state any more. He has retained too much of the bully attitude from being a prosecutor. He needs to be less ideological and more willing to compromise. He has shown that he is unwilling to do anything but his way.

    April 11, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    We already know Christie isn't "running" and I would advise him to start by walking first because his weight makes him look like he's on a suicide mission.

    April 11, 2011 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  14. ATL Guy

    He's a fat loud mouth. what has he done so far in New Jersey other than blame some guy for not submitting paperwork in time for the Race to the Top and then rail against Washington when his team messed up the application?

    April 11, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have an opinion. In my opinion, Christie needs to eat more carrots and celery.

    April 11, 2011 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Video Guy

    If he is dreaming about running for the White House, he is way two fat.

    April 11, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  17. valwayne

    There would be huge support for a Chris Christie run for the White House, but he's been pretty effective at taking himself out of the race.

    April 11, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    So America knows nothing about fatboy,even wingnuts

    April 11, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  19. Marie MD

    christie, go play with the five year old who wants to be governor of NJ. He is the only who care!!!

    April 11, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Is it just me or does Christie remind one of Tony Soprano?!

    April 11, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  21. shadysider

    I'm a fan of Christie. He's been a realist about the economy and shown that he's willing to at least step up to the plate and talk about fiscal irresponsibility and the need to fix it. He's side-stepped the abortion issue showing a willingness to abandon party politics in order to fix an issue that affects us all. Good on him.

    April 11, 2011 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |