Poll: Amid national headlines, Christie surges
September 27th, 2011
10:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Poll: Amid national headlines, Christie surges

(CNN) – In the midst of Chris Christie's cross-country sweep, the New Jersey governor is experiencing a resurgence in home state popularity.

According to a new survey released Tuesday, the chief executive's approval ratings have recovered from a dismal spring.

Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind Poll indicates that Christie's approval rating jumped ten percentage points from 44 percent in May to 54 percent in September. Thirty-six percent still disapprove of the governor's performance, but the number is down from the 44 percent who disapproved in May. Well-received preparations for Hurricane Irene and action on state pensions and benefits reform are credited with boosting public opinion over the summer.

Christie's popularity with fellow Republicans rings true in New Jersey where his approval rating is split among party lines with 81 percent of GOP voters saying they approve of the way he's handling his job and 54 percent of Democrats saying they disapprove. Almost eight in 10 Republicans say he's doing an excellent-or good-job as governor and 76 percent of Democrats say it is "only fair" or poor.

And his favorability ratings have flipped. Roughly half of Garden State voters say they have a favorable view of Christie and four in ten say they have an unfavorable opinion. Back in May state budget struggles took their toll on Christie's image–four in ten said they had a favorable view of the governor at that time and 45 percent said they an unfavorable view.

Christie's reputation as a tough-talking, hard-line conservative has resonated nationwide as pressure mounts for him to join the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination within the party. Some race watchers wouldn't mind if he ended up with a VP nod, but the governor continues to balk at 2012 talk.

Even GOP South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley tweeted Tuesday, "Lots of chatter. Should Chris Christie run for President?"

Christie, who was recently appointed to the number two spot in the Republican Governor's Association, will address the Perspectives on Leadership Forum at the Reagan Presidential Library late Tuesday at the invitation of former first lady Nancy Reagan.

But his spokesperson told CNN Monday not to expect any announcement regarding presidential politics.

"Governor Christie will deliver a speech tomorrow at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library entitled, "Real American Exceptionalism," said Maria Comella. "The speech uses President Reagan's transformative leadership to depict how the United States' role and significance in the world is defined by who we are at home."

The Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind Poll was conducted from September 19-25 among 800 registered voters in New Jersey. It has a sampling error or plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.


Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • GOP
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Al-NY,NY

    See a pie. Eat a pie....or two....or three. Once people see what a pompous blowhard this guy is, the tide will turn

    September 27, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. j

    Carl Rove and others of his kind want this man desperately. "Bar" Bush has even called his wife to work on her husband to run. --- This "blimp" cannot and will not keep his word to his own Congress and is just a lackey for the "old money" Bushes and their gang.

    September 27, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  3. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Isn't he fatter than President Taft was?

    September 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    He is not ready for the national stage, any more than any of the other candidates, and indeed no more than Obama was, when he ran.

    September 27, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  5. NYC REPUB

    Obama 2012!!!

    September 27, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. steven harnack

    What hubris. And now astrologist consulting Nancy Reagan is supposedly involved? What is she now, about a hundred and one?

    September 27, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Memo to the GOP: don't bash FEMA, work with them when they are saving your state from complete chaos, and give them and the President credit for a job well done. Christie did that, and look at the results.

    September 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    "The speech uses President Reagan's transformative leadership to depict how the United States' role and significance in the world is defined by who we are at home."

    Speaking for the GOP, Christie, you a bunch of whiny, obstructionist nincompoops who have no qualms taking our country down the toilet for power and profit.

    September 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  9. FM

    Let Christ Christie surge there in his state and not beyond. Those who understand well the pressure of work the president has, would never dream even a day to let this man take over the job. With all due respect, Christ is quite a good person, unfortunately his healthy and over all looks does not allow him to take such a demanding job. God forbid, it will kill him. I like him, but I will never throw him in such a trap!

    September 27, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. mgctampa

    I find it interesting, all this hype about him and he really hasn't done anything yet except be loud and a bit rude. For some reason some people seem to like to be bullied!

    September 27, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Even GOP South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley tweeted Tuesday, "Lots of chatter. Should Chris Christie run for President?"

    Nimrata tweets, huh?

    September 27, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  12. Todd in DC

    He said he wouldn't run. The only reason people are looking at him twice is that Perry is proving to be another flash in the pan, just like Palin, Gingrich, etc.

    Looks like Mitt will be the repub nominee.

    September 27, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  13. Randy, San Francisco

    Even Perry is having trouble passing the GOP/Tea Party purity test. Can Christie survive closer scrutiny if he decides to make a run?

    September 27, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    The man is on video stating, "I am not ready." That would make for a strong political ad against Gov. Christie. His deceptive practices this spring when he "compromised" on legislation only to renege on it with a line item veto would make for a strong campaign ad painting him as another "no compromise" Republican who cannot be trusted.

    September 27, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. rude

    I like the guy for his comment “Sharia Law business is just crap.”
    He blasted the haters.

    September 27, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. Viet.Vet

    He will start out with a republican hope and prayer and fizzle out just like Rick the Cowboy Perry. Christie will endup like the others, a lot of hope,desperation,smoke and mirrors.

    September 27, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. ED FL

    If all of a suddenyour home state is wanting you to run for an out of state job ,it may be because they are tired of you and your policies .Get in shape and participate with your states population not national needs.

    September 27, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  18. AC

    Christie will not run, he has too much DIRT on him. Krespy Kreme Poster Boy. Tax the Fat Cats! no pun intended!

    September 27, 2011 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    OK. Having gotten beyond the whole Nimrata tweets infomercial (how absolutely savy she has become), hasn't the Republican primary become enough of an American travesty that Chris Christie needs to be added to the list as well? Chances are that Christie will be a bigger flop than Bachman; or Gingrich; or Cain; or Paul; or Perry; or Santorum; or Romney have become. (Did I leave anyone out ... there are so very many of them).

    September 27, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  20. Herbie Walker

    His Royal Corpulence?

    What about P-Rick?

    For the GOP, anybody is better than the folks they.ve got running!

    September 27, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  21. Harry Baxter

    For the lowest price per pound of any candidate, Christie is your man!

    September 27, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  22. taylor

    another wing-nut, just more of him, he wont win re-election for
    governor next election, let alone president.

    September 27, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Tony in Maine

    What in Hell is so great about Christie. The man is a boor and a bully, suffering from excessive testosterone. But the New York media thinks he's the Second Coming. Matthews spent half his show saying Christie as a sort of mantra and now Barbara Walters has anointed him. No wonder he's up in someone's poll – that's the only name the bobbleheads can say.

    September 27, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  24. Donkey Party

    Ronald Reagan does another flip in his grave every time one of these Neo-cons utters his name for some sort of mystical political gain. Reagan would never pass today's radical fundamentalist extremist 'purity test' among the right-wingers, and would be labeled a flaming liberal instead. Wake the eff up America, the right-wing wants your money, and wants you dead.

    September 27, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  25. JayDeeT

    I just got back from a trip to NJ. Met a number of people from different points of view, backgrounds, and locations in the state. My sense is that Christie is not as popular as one would believe from following all the media babble about him. The media just loves to "create" candidates (Trump, Palin, Perry, Bachman, etc.) and run stories about them to get our attention and, therefore, higher ratings. This is really getting tired! When will voters wake up and let the media know that their game is really crappy and harmful??

    September 27, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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