Poll: Christie way ahead in NJ gubernatorial race
October 10th, 2013
08:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Poll: Christie way ahead in NJ gubernatorial race

(CNN) - Less than a month before Election Day, Republican Gov. Chris Christie maintains a significant lead over his Democratic challenger Barbara Buono in his re-election bid for governor of New Jersey, according to a poll released Thursday.

And while the Quinnipiac University survey shows the incumbent governor ahead of Buono, a state senator, by a margin of 62%-33% among likely voters, it also indicates that voters largely disagree with Christie on his opposition to legalizing same-sex marriage in the Garden State.

The new survey was conducted entirely before the two candidates squared off in their first debate Tuesday night, and remains largely unchanged from a Quinnipiac survey released two weeks ago, when Christie had 64% support and Buono had 30%.

While Buono has been vocal on women's issues, she trails in support among women in the latest poll, 36% to Christie's 59%. Men also back the Republican governor 64% to 30%.

Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said Christie's strong lead among women helps drive his overall lead against his opponent.

"Is sisterhood kaput in this election?...Gov. Christopher Christie has a huge 23-point lead among women voters, part of his 2-1 dominance overall," he said in a news release about the poll.

A large portion of voters still don't know enough about Buono to make a decision, Carroll added. Thirty-four percent say they haven't heard enough about her to form an opinion, while 29% have a negative view of her and 35% have a positive view.

Carroll notes that could change now that the two have had a televised debate, with another one scheduled for Tuesday night, just weeks before the November 5 election.

While Christie has a positive favorability rating, New Jersey voters aren't as pleased with his opposition to a state judge's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Sixty-one percent of likely voters say the potential 2016 presidential contender should end his appeal to the ruling, according to the survey.

"New Jersey likely voters support same-sex marriage any way they can get it.  By almost 2-1, including a lot of Republicans, they want Gov. Christie to drop his appeal," Carroll said.

A majority of voters–59%–say the state legislature should override Christie's 2012 veto of a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Christie has long said the decision should be left up to the voters in a state referendum.

Quinnipiac surveyed 1,144 likely voters by telephone in New Jersey from October 5-7. The poll has a sampling error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.


Filed under: 2013 • Barbara Buono • Chris Christie • New Jersey • Polls
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Tampa Tim

    She made Christie look like a fool in the debate, but I doubt very many watched, as most people were glued to other channels watching Boehner destroy the country.

    October 10, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  2. Data Driven

    "A majority of voters–59%–say the state legislature should override Christie's 2012 veto of a bill allowing same-sex marriage in New Jersey. Christie has long said the decision should be left up to the voters in a state referendum."

    So make the voters PAY for human rights in an expensive election. More extortion from Republicans.

    October 10, 2013 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  3. roro

    Christie is going to run for president starting as early as 2014. There is no point in voting for him since he will be deserting the state long before his term is up. The voters of New Jersey should elect someone, anyone, who will actually be around doing their job. New Jersey cannot afford to have an absent governor running around all over the country not taking care of business at home. He already spent 12 million dollars of taxpayer dollars by holding an unnecessary primary and election 3 weeks before the regular November election. If he's elected President, God forbid, he'd be causing the state to waste that money once again.

    October 10, 2013 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  4. kirk

    Has this guy lost a pound yet? What does he do, drink pork gravy all day

    October 10, 2013 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    Call Carlos Bakery and order a shutdown cake.

    October 10, 2013 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    Of course he is. I just hope dems don't forget how nasty he was to the POTUS prior to Sandy......

    Don't let the smooth taste fool ya.
    To the people that admire his brashness, ask yourselves this..... How would people feel if President Obama behaved this way??? And be truthful, think of all the names people would call him. I can think of many but I can't list them or I'll be zapped....
    Heck I still might get zapped simply for saying something negative about Christy.

    October 10, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Larry in Houston

    he's ahead because he's actually doing something for the majority of voters, or the gal that's running against him doesn't have much clout. He's full of himself, and has a lot of b. s. (if you can filter some of he says, out) but from what I read about him, he's for the people, unlike what we currently have in congress. I would venture to guess he's got a better approval rating of the 5% we have in congress

    October 10, 2013 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    New Jersey liberals have apparently forgotten what color stripes Christie wears. They've forgotten about just how much of a right wing ideologue that Christie really is. They have forgotten about Gov. Christie's first year in office. They've forgotten about the scandalous backlog of unprosecuted cases that he left behind in his county proscuter's office. There must have been at least 50 political corruption cases that had been ignored for years, which were left behind. The majority of the cases were serious charges against conservatives.

    They've forgotten about the $800 million tax cut he gave to the wealthy and big business. They've forgotten that Christie cut a like amount from state education to pay for that tax cut. They've forgotten that Christie's staff completely mishandled "no child left behind" paperwork that was filed with the federal government, which caused the state to miss out on $450 million in federal education aid. Christie made up the difference by cutting education even further, and fired all of the staff members.

    October 10, 2013 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Gurgyl

    My friendly advise to this dude to change his affiliation to Democratic party. He fits.

    October 10, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. rs

    See Republicans? Competence, not nutjob radicalism can work.

    October 10, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. S. B. Stein

    The problem is that he throws his weight around, and people are fearful. He said that he tells it like it is and does a poor job of that. He can tell the truth without being brutal and mean.

    @Gurgyl - Christie shouldn't change his party affiliation because he is a ideological conservative. He cut off funds that help the poor without analyizing them to see how much money that puts back into the economy. He refused to renew higher tax rates on those that can most easily afford it. He has constitantly blasted those that work for the state for the sole reason that they work for the state. He has cut funding from local health care projects that cover women.

    October 10, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  12. Thomas

    He is a good Governor , he would be a bad President .

    October 10, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |