Christie gets post-Sandy approval rating bump
November 26th, 2012
11:00 AM ET
1 year ago

Christie gets post-Sandy approval rating bump

(CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's response to the superstorm that blasted his state appears to have won the outspoken Republican higher approval ratings, according to a poll released Monday.

The survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University showed Christie with an already-high approval rating of 56% among registered voters before the storm hit New Jersey in early November. The same respondents were polled after the storm, and Christie's approval rating jumped to 77%.

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Christie saw a similar increase in the number of people who say he's doing an "excellent" or "good" job as governor. Before the storm, 55% held that view. After Sandy, 70% said he was doing an "excellent" or "good" job.

The spike in approval for Christie's job performance came largely from Democrats, 26% of whom approved of him before the storm. That rate jumped to 67% afterwards. Christie was a top surrogate for GOP nominee Mitt Romney during the presidential campaign, and came under fire from some Republicans following Romney's loss for his appearances with President Barack Obama during the storm's aftermath.

"Much like Governor Christie's embrace of the support the state received from President Obama in the days after the storm, Democratic respondents approve of Christie for his leadership, at least for now" said Krista Jenkins, director of Fairleigh Dickinson's PublicMind polling center.

Christie is up for re-election in November 2013, though hasn't said yet whether he'll run for a second term.

The poll gauging Christie's approval rating was first conducted October 26-29, and again from November 13-18, by telephone from 241 registered voters in New Jersey. The sampling error was plus or minus 6.3 percentage points.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Wake up People!

    I'll give him props BUT I will NEVER trust any republican, especially ANY ONE of them involved in the 2012 election. This year I saw their TRUE colors. I don't care what they say NOW.

    November 26, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. anonoymous

    I guess what the gop think of Christie doesnt matter. Maybe now they will see how much we admire our president and embrace those wh o do the same.

    November 26, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The GOP will disown Christie. Do you really think he voted for Willard?

    November 26, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. California Gary

    His "brashness" sells well in New Jersey........but I really doubt that it will be a plus for him if he enters the national scene.

    November 26, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  5. The REAL Truth...

    The GOP is licking their wounds right now, wondering how they are going to recover their losses in traditionally red states where Obama won.. regardless of margin. Christie criticized Obama and lauded him as well. Than did not endear him to the GOP leadership much. But those "honest" actions will probably serve him well should he elect to go for national office. And the GOP hates that!

    November 26, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  6. Q

    Governor Christie did the right thing by placing people over politics. As far as I am concerned, he has earned another term.

    November 26, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. ST

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA
    The GOP will disown Christie. Do you really thin he voted for Willard?
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    I asked myself the same question on election day. Christie is a human being like any other, republicans were holding his neck and ready to strangle him days near to election. I do not think he cast his vote to the other guy.

    November 26, 2012 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Larry L

    The election is over and we all need to forget about polls and potential candidates. Now is the time to force our useless Congress to do their job. No filibusters, no pledges to lobbyists, no more blocking all potential political appointments, no "personhood" riders on unrelated bills, no more Republican obstructionism! Let's all get some recall petitions ready for any politician who can't work with the other political party and get the job done.

    November 26, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I won't vote for Christie if he runs for another term. He actions during Sandy were commendable but not enough to justify another term of his poor attitude and lack of understanding. His vision of how well the economy is doing was out right wrong before Sandy. He thinks we were coming back? That is a laugh because he failed to consider the missing pension money that he has skipped. He doesn't fully understand that he can't just bully people; he's an administrator and not a prosecutor.

    November 26, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I won't vote for Christie if he runs for another term. He actions during Sandy were commendable but not enough to justify another term of his poor attitude and lack of understanding. His vision of how well the economy is doing was out right wrong before Sandy. He thinks we were coming back? That is a laugh because he failed to consider the missing pension money that he has skipped. He doesn't fully understand that he can't just bully people; he's supposed to be an administrator and not a prosecutor.

    November 26, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  11. chupacabra

    Christie...the only republican with a slight slight chance, I, as a three election democrat now might possable consider voting for him sometime but he must aquire and maintane a big big distance from all Bush's, thats all Bush's past and to come. The republicans need one more good man witch may be very very hard to find and it aint Rubio iether.

    November 26, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Mary Ann Micolta

    I say BRAVO to Governor Christie, He did the right thing. This country has had enough of the bickering of the GOP. They need to work together with the Democrats. It's what the entire country wants {of course not the good ole boy network of the me, me, me's} !

    November 26, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  13. Rob S

    I agree with "Q" – Governor Christie worked to help his people in New Jersey, not his political party, and this was the right thing to do. Moreover, Christie, who was already a popular Republican Governor, maked huge gains in popularity and approval by showing he can get along with Democrats and work with them. People are tired of the animosity of our politicians and they're repeated failures to work across the aisle so they can do their jobs. Kudos to Christie, who knows how to do the job he was elected for. He deserves the gains in confidence he received from Independents and Democrats.

    November 26, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. ZipWizard

    I'd say Gov Christie has a 2nd term. And he may even be the top contender in 2016. Even some DEMS like him. He has character. We'll have to see how things go before the country elects another GOP.

    November 26, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    I really think Gov. Christie could care less what right wing thinks of him in predominantly red states. His only stated concern is for New Jersey. Besides, he's already on record condemning right wing extremism, anyway.

    November 26, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  16. Califsailor

    After 4 years of partisan bickering and GOP behavior that bordered on treasonous, Christie's actions and words were a breath of fresh air out here. I'm a hard-core Democrat, but if he ran for governor of California, I would take a serious look at Christie as a maverick who appears to be committed to doing his job, rather than being a partisan hack like most Republicans in leadership roles right now.

    November 26, 2012 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |