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.