(CNN) – More New Jersey voters say the outspoken Republican governor of their state is a leader rather than a bully, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Fifty percent of voters surveyed in the Quinnipiac University poll described Gov. Chris Christie as a leader, compared to 45% who said he was a bully. The "leader" rating is down slightly from April, when 54% said Christie was a leader and 39% said he was a bully.
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A few well-publicized outbursts from Christie since April may have contributed to the drop in the "leader" rating. At the end of June, Christie asked a reporter "Are you stupid" after being asked an off-topic question at a press conference, and he was caught on video yelling at a heckler in July.
"Gov. Christopher Christie's squabble on the Seaside boardwalk – shades of Snooki! – underlined his pugnacious 'Jersey Guy' image with some voters, who volunteered that he's a bully. But most of his fellow New Jerseyans call him a leader," Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, wrote in a release accompanying the poll's release.
Overall, a majority of voters in New Jersey – 65% - say the tone and level of civility in Garden State politics is negative, though 60% say the tone is the same as in Washington. Twelve percent say New Jersey politics are more negative than in the nation's capital, compared to 23% who say the situation in New Jersey is better.
Christie, who declined to make his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination, would be a bad choice for Mitt Romney's running mate, a majority of the New Jersey voters said. Fifty-three percent said he'd make a bad vice presidential choice, and 40% said he would make a good pick.
"Politicians still gossip about the idea, but New Jerseyans think Christie would be a bad choice for VP," Carroll said. "The Gov's job approval number holds comfortably above 50 percent and voters like him and his policies."
The Quinnipiac University poll was conduced by telephone from 1,623 registered voters between July 9-15. The sampling error was plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.
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He is a leadership style is to be a bully. The way he call other folk names is disgusting, especially coming from someone who has so many obvious flaws himself. I don't think Christie has the temperment to be president or vice president. He is a Jersey kind of guy and NJ is where he should remain!
Good leaders are not bullies. Christie is a bully not a leader.
The headline is clearly misleading. Christie's "bullying" score rose 6 percentage points in the last few months. That's the story here.
I beg to differ. If a boss or a teacher talked to anyone the way he does, they would be disciplined or fired. Why do people like to be treated poorly so, that is my question. There is never a reason to name call and just be out right rude the way this BULLY is.
Conclusion: Folks in New Jersey like to be bullied. Or they think bullies make good leaders. Or they think the only way to make stubborn people do the right the right thing is to bully them into submission.
yes, he is not a bully like Mitt
Another shiny thing to draw attention away from secretive offshore bank accounts in the Cayman Islands.
Isn`t the saalient point that 45% consider him to be a BULLY? Isn`t that too high for a Bully quotient? Is Christie suppose to join the BULLY Romney? Mr. "Do as I say, not as I do"?
Romney`s response when contronted with that episode where he & his gang held a suspected gay student down & cut his hair speakes VOLUMES about his character. He said he couldn`t remember it. Ha! He is such a Liar!
He's GOP – self-righteous loud mouth jerk is the norm.
So basically people's opinions of Christie is shifting towards being a bully, since his positives have decreased 4 points and his negatives have increased 6 points.
Or they think the only way to make stubborn people do the right the right thing is to bully them into submission.
Or they think the only way to get people to do things they want done is to bully them...
He's a loudmouthed, uncooth bully. If he gets things done for the people of New Jersey more power to him, but he is in no way ready to represent us on the world stage.
Spell check: that should've been "uncouth". Pardon.
I'm glad to here that the New Jersey voters loves this bully. Just make sure you continue to vote and keep him in New Jersey.
This poll was taken outside of "Bada Bings" on a Saturday night.
Wish I had been asked to participate in this poll. Never have I seen a bigger bully in politics ! And with absolutely no class !
He's a bully. Sorry GOP but there is no good spin you can put on that.
I live in NJ, and see the local coverage of this clown. Anyone who says he ISN'T a bully is a liar, a fool, or deluding themselves. That is his leadership style- pick someone as the enemy (state workers, teachers, etc), and try to get the populace to hate them while bullying them to do what he wants.
Not a bully? Are you kidding me? This guy is a bully with a capital "B". If he wasn't a politician, he'd be a bouncer at some boardwalk casino.