Poll: Christie approval hits new high
April 11th, 2012
09:55 AM ET
6 years ago

Poll: Christie approval hits new high

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey received his highest approval ratings to date in a Quinnipiac survey, according to the results released Wednesday.

The poll showed 59% of New Jersey voters approved of the blunt talking governor, compared to 36% who did not. His rating increased among Republicans to 92% and among independent voters to 64%. However, 64% of Democrats disapproved of his performance.

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A February Quinnipiac poll showed Christie with a 52% rating.

The first term governor quickly gained a national reputation for his frank rhetoric and bold proposals, particularly over cuts to the Garden State budget, which put him at odds with many Democrats and unions in the state.

A majority of voters polled saw Christie as a leader, at 54%, while 39% characterized him as more of a bully. Fifty-eight percent of voters approved of Christie's handling of the state budget, while 54% backed his proposed 10% across-the-board state income tax cut.

Christie was an early supporter of Mitt Romney's presidential bid, after deciding last autumn against a White House run of his own. The former state district attorney consistently makes the short list of potential vice presidential picks but has said he intends to stay in the Trenton governor's mansion.

Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,607 registered voters between April 3 and April 9 with a sampling error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. judy

    probably eating his way to an approval rateing. Get real blunt talk does not make it right talk. Obama 2012

    April 11, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  2. Peggy - TX

    New Jersey is not exactly a well respected state. Rather it is just an itty-bitty down trodden extension of New York and only well known for the steady stream of corrupt politicians it produces. So they like him in NJ even through he killed the one major infrastructure project that could have uplifted NJ economy to new heights. Does anyone really think that just b/c NJ like Christy’s gangster like bravado, that this will play well on the National level? NO!!! So... Yea!! run Christy as the VP, as it will only strengthen President Obama's ability to not only win, smashing the GOP to bits, but the Dems take back the House and get a super Majority in the Senate as well.

    April 11, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  3. NotFooledByDistractions

    Was this poll taken before or after it was exposed that Christie lied to his constituents about the rail line? Before or after the news about his massive tax giveaways to businesses in NJ?

    April 11, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Paganini

    When the quarterback of your favorite NFL team totally sucks, the backup quarterback is always the most popular guy around.

    April 11, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Taylor

    Dont believe this CNN........why don't you tell us how he fudge the numbers on a subway project. He said it will cost the tax player 70 % however the truth was told that it was only 14%. That cost thousand of jobs. He is a liar and a bully.
    You know what you can do with that poll...........

    April 11, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  6. toocy

    @ Ria: so you see one or two people refer to him as Biship and you assume all Democrats have the same opinion or are you just looking for a reason to bash all Democrats? Either way you're wrong.

    April 11, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. The Real Truth and Nothing But the The Real Truth

    Chris Christie and Romney are EXACTLY what this country needs right now. Truthful, straight talking, competent. In other words, everything Obama is NOT.

    April 11, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. ja

    blunt talk is bs, the self serving sobs are mainly ahs, no offense, christy need ot work on his weight

    April 11, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  9. latina

    This latina agrees totally with Christi, Now he has Balls. Yea, Republicans 2012.

    April 11, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  10. Pander Bear

    So Snookie and the Situation think that Christie Cream is awesome. Sure that will mean a VP slot. *rolls eyes*

    April 11, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  11. RealityBites

    Open, direct and honest, how refreshing..

    April 11, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Fair is Fair

    "Make no mistake about it, Bishop Romney & Christie is the GOP ticket"
    I doubt it. I think it will be Romney & Portman. Christie just might be your next Attorney General, though.

    April 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  13. JOHN

    That's new worthily? Mitt trying to Get NJ Gov on VP ticket?

    April 11, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. G-nO-P

    I mean LOUD.... although i can see where he can also be called a LOOOOAAAAD ....

    April 11, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
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