No bump for Christie after convention keynote
September 5th, 2012
09:51 AM ET
2 years ago

No bump for Christie after convention keynote

(CNN) – A poll released Wednesday showed no boost in New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's approval rating following his keynote address at last week's Republican National Convention.

The survey from Quinnipiac University, taken August 27-September 2, indicated that 52% of adults in New Jersey approve of the job Christie is doing as governor. That's statistically unchanged from the 54% who approved of Christie in a July 17 survey. The outspoken New Jersey governor addressed delegates in Tampa last Tuesday.

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The poll showed 22% of voters said Christie's speech made them think of him more favorably, compared to 18% who now view Christie less favorably and 54% whose opinions were unaltered by the speech.

"If Gov. Christopher Christie's speech marked the opening of a 2016 presidential campaign he might want to try again," Maurice Carroll, the director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, wrote. "People who like the governor liked the speech; those who don't didn't. The net result – zero."

In his speech last Tuesday, Christie offered a solid endorsement of Mitt Romney's candidacy for president, though much of his remarks were focused on advocating a tough-minded approach for dealing with the nation's economic and political problems.

The New Jersey governor, well known for his plain (and sometimes unvarnished) style of speaking, stuck to his familiar style in the coveted keynote address aimed at firing up the party faithful and appealing to a prime-time television audience.

"We are demanding that our leaders stop tearing each other down, and work together to take action on the big things facing America," Christie said, adding that the nation's leaders have been crippled by the desire to be loved.

"Tonight, we choose respect over love," he said.

In a potential gubernatorial match-up with Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Christie leads 47%-40%. Among men, Christie leads Booker 55%-35%, while women go for Booker 44%-40%. Booker's favorability rating among New Jersey voters was 49%, though 38% said they haven't heard enough about the mayor to form an opinion.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted by telephone among 1,560 registered voters between August 27-September 2. The sampling error was plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

CNN's Halimah Abdullah contributed to this report.

soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Booker 1 – Christie 0

    Cory Booker's platform speech was superb. He outdid his governor.

    September 5, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  2. Marie MD

    I am sorry but any story about christie that mentions gut or in this case a bump is funny.
    That being said not only did he talk about himself ONLY during his speech and the twit as an after thiought but yiu have the non working wife speaking of love this and love that and fake love and he comes out and says it's not about love but respect od which they teapublikkklans get none!

    September 5, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    This is a waste of time: since when have we measured the polling bump a keynote speaker would receive, and why would we? What possible relevance would this have to the election of 2012? Answer: none.

    September 5, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Where's the surprise here?
    They spent 3 days bashing the President of the United States. THREE DAYS of unabashed hating on their President.
    A perfect platform to propose THEIR solutions, but, surprise, they don't have any.
    All they have is hate.
    Is it any wonder that Robme barely got a ONE-POINT BUMP, and his bully got none?
    We're tired of the hate directed at the ONLY PERSON that's been busting his hump to put things to right for ALL of us, rich and poor alike.
    Go pound sand!
    Obama 2012. Serioulsy America.

    September 5, 2012 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  5. darko

    Did you seriously poll Christie's approval rating after his speech? Who does that?

    Oh I know. CNN needs to deflect attention that Obama is now losing in polls that have upwards of 8 points more democrats than republican and independents.

    Does anyone still think that this election is going to be close?

    September 5, 2012 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    -darko

    Did you seriously poll Christie's approval rating after his speech? Who does that?

    Oh I know. CNN needs to deflect attention that Obama is now losing in polls that have upwards of 8 points more democrats than republican and independents.

    Does anyone still think that this election is going to be close?
    *******************************************************
    I do think it will be close, but your CNN conspiracy theories are more disturbing than CNN bothering to look at Christie's apporval ratings after delivering a pointless speech.

    September 5, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  7. alien

    Christie and the republicans as a whole have done nothing for the working people of this great nation, what a shame to be affiliated with such an obstructionist bunch of cry babies, whose one and only goal is to hammer a pro worker president while all the time trying to gut decent jobs that pay decent wages of people that pay their politician wages and health and welfare and pension, people need to stand together and tell these self righteous egomaniacs to take a hike, or start putting country before personal or political gain.

    September 5, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  8. Sam

    Christie and Sununu remind me of schoolyard bullies – they speak as if they are speaking from the ghetto. No culture and no finesse; nor is there any truth to what they say.

    September 5, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  9. Al-NY,NY

    "We are demanding that our leaders stop tearing each other down, and work together to take action on the big things facing America," Christie said, adding that the nation's leaders have been crippled by the desire to be loved.
    ---------

    Tubby the Governer saying "our leaders" means both Democrats AND republicans...how could he possibly blame the GOP???? They are completely innocent in this. Everything is Obama's fault. Didn't he get the talking points? Almost everyone says fatty was a total loss in his speech and will do nothing to help Flip or his chances in 2016

    September 5, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  10. Lyla M

    Our country doesn't need divisive bullies, it needs to continue on the path of job growth like the numbers show we have been doing since Obama took office. Slow, yes, but steady thanks to NO help from the GOP led Congress, the worst in US history. We have your back, Mr. President.

    September 5, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. linda

    The GOP convention was so much about bashing Obama rather than enlighting the American people with real solutions to the economy, Christie says he supports Romney but spent more time patting himself on the back rather than promoting Romney.....the democrats in one night of their convention had a better night than the republicans had in 3 nights........and then they blew it with Eastwood.....they want to ask you are you better off than your were 4 years ago....yes we are....people have healthcare that never had it before, with the Leadbetter Act women will be able to compete on the same level as men in wages....Osama is DEAD....and the Auto industry that Romney wanted to let go into Bankrupsy is now flurishing providing jobs....a lot of the jobs that have been lost will never come back because of the failed policies of the past administration but the republicans want you to believe that is all Obama's fault......come on get real...Obama has said from day one that it wasn't going to be easy or there wasn't going to be a quick fix to all these problems....he didn't lie.....like Romney and Ryan say that if the rich get to keep prospering we all will too.....that is the worst lie ever told........

    September 5, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It isn't a surprise. Given the speech that Christie gave, he wasn't nice to some people or clear as to what he stands for and where his (or Romney's) policies are. There wasn't anything there that wasn't already heard in NJ and found questionable by those who actually question the governor's lines.

    September 5, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    Why does anyone care about Christie's approval ratings after the RNC ?? Don't recall him being nominated as their candidate of choice. He's irrelevant to the Nov 6 election.
    Given that the Grand Obstructionist Party spent the ENTIRE 3 DAYS of their convention doing nothing but hating on the POTUS instead of giving us their vision of how they intend to fix things. We've heard nothing but BS from the GOBP, nothing concrete other than some mindless numbers with no plans:
    – some completely inaccurate $715 Billion raiding of Medicare (scare the seniors),
    – 12 million jobs created in the Twits first term (are those going to be in America???)
    – an UNFUNDED 20% across the board Tax cut (appeals to the no-tax lemmings) which will essentially make the 1%'s tax bill = ZERO
    – the usual old white men, anti-abortion, control women's bodies mantra
    – and the same old chicken little sky-is-falling increase Defense spending approach.

    NONE of these are relevant to creating jobs for the middle class. Those who are intelligent enough to use an internet search engine can fact check the foreign-owned Faux Noise propaganda for themselves. You might be surprised at what you might learn about the smoke being blown by the right!

    September 5, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Where's the Gov. Devall Patrick story? He gave a marvelous speech.

    September 5, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. Dallas Gard

    Christie is good at delivering speeches and in that sense did not disappoint as keynote speaker. Content is what the speech lacked. There was no there, there. I was surprised by what an empty suit Christie is, large though that suit is, it is still empty.

    September 5, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "We are demanding that our leaders stop tearing each other down, and work together to take action on the big things facing America," Christie said, adding that the nation's leaders have been crippled by the desire to be loved.
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    How was Gov. Christie able to " find compromise" with NJ Democrats? Simple, he tore them apart.

    Both sides sat down, both sides found common ground, and both got some of what their party wanted. The liberal legislature passed the bill and Gov. Christie signed it into law, but not before using a line item veto to renege on every promise he had negotiated with Democrats.

    September 5, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    "Mitt Romney talks alot about all the things he's fixed. I can tell you, Massachusetts was ot one of them." – Gov. Deval Patrick

    September 5, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  18. Larry L

    I watched the RNC and walked away with nothing except realization the GOP is running on hate, distortion, and fear. They gave us absolutely no specifics on anything else. Romney's promises of low taxes, great "Romneycare", no deficit, huge Defense Budget, and cheap gas would require a big bill payer. Is it Medicare? Social Security? What?

    Ryan's repeated lies and misleading statements also told much about his character. His sub-three hour marathon lie was the icing on the cake. His GM claim was simply dishonest. Like Romney – he just can't seem to force hinself to tell the truth. Ryan is just another political weasel in the GOP clown car.

    September 5, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  19. Pa Voter

    And we care why ? I thought this was an election for President not NJ Govenor.

    September 5, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    His approval rating may not have gotten a bump but I am certain his gut always gets a bump each time Taft 2.0 eats.

    September 5, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Bill

    The GOP is an embarrassment – Clint Eastwood and his chair, Jabba the Hut, Mark "I lie about my family history" Rubio, that puke RInse Prius, and of course the fact-challenged duo of Mittens and Eddie Munster. Good luck with this gang of misfits. The contrast between the GOP convention and last the oipening night in Charlotte could not have been starker.

    September 5, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    "Both sides sat down, both sides found common ground, and both got some of what their party wanted. The liberal legislature passed the bill and Gov. Christie signed it into law, but not before using a line item veto to renege on every promise he had negotiated with Democrats."
    ------
    And now, the rest of the story.

    Before the line item vetoes, the budget came in at $32.1 Billion... afterwards, it was $31.7 Billion, a difference of $400 Million, or just over 1% in trims, yet still incresced the budget year over year by 6.8%, amongst the highest in the nation. Source – New York Times.

    Sounds a bit different when you put it that way, eh?

    September 5, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Griff.

    "I barely know the guy, only heard him speak a couple of times, still each time he looks a weak link, and can't see him gaining any ground; but if he gets over 50% he must be doing something right??"

    September 5, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  24. Gary Wayne

    Gov. Christie may be a very smart man, but he comes across as a blow-hard, sort of like a Rush Limbaugh or Nancy Gray. Very very bad image.

    September 5, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |