November 5th, 2013
06:40 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN exit polls: Division over Obamacare, not so much on Obama

Here are results of CNN's early exit polls conducted on Tuesday in New Jersey and Virginia:

The economy
How do Virginia and New Jersey voters feel about the economy? Not great. In both states, 87% of voters are worried about the direction of the economy. And in New Jersey, nearly six in 10 voters think the economy is either not so good or poor.

CNN Exit Polls: No gender gap for Christie

Obamacare
The botched Obamacare rollout has dominated the headlines over the past couple of weeks. So how do Virginia and New Jersey voters feel about it? They’re divided. In Virginia, 48% support the Affordable Care Act and 50% are opposed to it. The early exit poll numbers are almost identical in New Jersey, where 49% support the law and 50% oppose it.

CNN exit polls: Virginia governor's race

Obama approval
How’s the president faring in battleground Virginia and deep blue New Jersey? Not great. In New Jersey – a solidly Democratic state in presidential elections – only 51% of voters approve of Obama’s job performance, while 49% disapprove. And the president is underwater in Virginia, where only 46% of voters approve of his job performance. 53% of Virginia voters disapprove of the president’s performance.

Christie 2016
Chris Christie for president? Christie’s talked a lot about how the GOP needs to be more pragmatic and back candidates who can actually win swing voters in general elections. But in his home state of New Jersey, only a bare majority of voters – 51% - think Christie would make a good president. And if he runs against Hillary Clinton, 49% of New Jersey voters today would back Clinton. Only 43% would support Christie.


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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Name carl

    Go Dems 2013 and 2014. Throw out the Tea Party idiots.

    November 5, 2013 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama is the WORST President in U.S. history........bar none.

    November 5, 2013 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  3. tmc

    It will be a tough fight getting those southern states when Christie is forced into a corner on healthcare reform's so-called re-reform/replacement rather than repeal and other "moderate" leaning statements, if not policies on polarizing topics. We all know how talking out of both sides of the mouth worked for Romney. So, Christie will have to lie like a... um, politician and try not to get caught up in the hypocrisy. Good luck with that... when 30k Sandy storm victims become his shadow on the campaign trail looking for that stronger than the storm money.

    November 5, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. scottrockwerk@yahoo.com

    Just goes to show you 48% of the people are really really stupid

    November 5, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  5. cbp

    There are not enough races across the country to really do a poll on anything. CNN is trying to make this election so much more meaningful but that just is not the case. Christie was a shoo-in in NJ. He did his job and the people appreciate all he has done. Cuccinellli in VA made so many errors. He had a good chance in May and then frittered it away as he moved farther and farther right into the TEA Party's arms.

    It is time for politicians to do what is right and not try so hard to please those on the fringes. Invite them in to join in with what you want to do. It is not the time to change who you are just to get elected. That is something that Mitt Romney did not understand. He had good credentials and then changed his positions.

    Can we stop playing politics long enough to do what is necessary to get this nation moving ahead. Is it possible for the Republicans to get over themselves and start to work with others to get the best ideas on the table. Just because they personally do not like another politician is not an acceptable reason to stay away from the table. There are people we all do not like but if they are working with us we find a way to do so. Politicians do not have the luxury of turning their backs on anyone and particularly the President of the United States. Can we have some mature leadership in the Congress.?

    November 5, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. deee510

    Well the fake stories that have been published that negatively report on people's experience with obamacare that have been proven false should get more headlines.

    November 5, 2013 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  7. socal71

    I guess Virginia Beach has more voters than I thought... Only the leeches are supporting this law while the rest of lose our insurance... and yes I will be canceled effective January 2014.

    November 5, 2013 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  8. BO

    Obama IS Obamacare

    November 5, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  9. KEN MERTZ

    Me....thinks these numbers are a bit off......PERIOD.....

    November 5, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  10. mof

    Seriously? "Division over Obamacare, not so much over Obama." If you read the article, the opposite appears true. Obama has lower approval and greater disapproval, when averaged, for both states than even Obamacare (as if that were imaginable). This headline is very misleading and untrue.

    November 5, 2013 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  11. dazzy

    50% are satisfied with Obama? Lord help us all if even one person thinks he's not the worst president ever.

    November 5, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  12. Kevin

    The approval/disapproval rates for ObamaCare are identical to those of Obama himself.

    But your headline implies otherwise.

    Bias? What bias?

    November 5, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. obamalies

    CNN Polls are skewed to favor democratic views. You simply cannot trust polls from biased media sources.

    November 5, 2013 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Jeff Tartt

    MAYBE,I say MAYBE,people are finally waking up to the LIES and DECEIT that this President and his administration have repeated with arrogance to the American people.

    November 5, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  15. Mohamed Ade

    Vote for Obama care !

    November 5, 2013 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. ProfKnowitall

    That's great news for the President. People don't disapprove of him just everything he stands for. That is what is commonly referred to as modern day "political correctness".

    November 5, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  17. Scott

    Will young people buy enough healthcare insurance that old people will be taken care of? The numbers seem to show the opposite.

    November 5, 2013 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  18. Government waste rules

    The Obama administration is merely leveraging core competencies within their wheelhouse, thus enabling the synergies required for a paradigm shift.

    November 5, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  19. ReaganRepublican

    They ask the wrong question about Obamacare. Many liberals do not support Obamacare because they want a single payer government run health care system like every other western country has. Obamacare/RomneyCare was the Republican compromise. They only hated it when Obama liked it. These liberals are in the don't support numbers so it makes it seem like the majority of Americans support the Republican plan of do nothing and let the costs go up as high as the greedy insurance companies want them too.

    November 5, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  20. Big_D

    I thought the GOP was saying 80% were against it? I guess they are still saying Romney will win too.

    November 5, 2013 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  21. Are they up to 7 yet?

    It's not "division", it's adding and subtracting. Taking from hard working, giving to Democratic voters.

    November 5, 2013 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  22. Woman In California

    I realize there's not much to talk about these days with the shutdown over and elections not until next year but these polls are absolutely meaningless. Those who support the president – will continue to support him regardless of how they feel about the ACA and nothing is going to change that. Do you really think the millions of voters who support him will suddenly turn away and support a party who shutdown the government at the cost of 24b to the taxpayers?
    Like everything else, this to shall pass.

    November 5, 2013 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  23. gina

    I wonder what would happen if news agencies started to report the facts about ACA? What would happen if the truth squad addressed some of these outlandish statements made by bloggers online and on the news concerning this law? Let's see – maybe address the massive ignorance that is present in this country. The current issue of ACA is manufactured. It is rich that republicans now care if insurance coverage is being canceled – since when do they care? This is not a new issue, for people have experienced this every year, especially those who go above the catastrophic cap. Junk insurance is an issue and is now being addressed. The majority of people bankrupted from an illness had "insurance" but it was worthless. Why cannot CNN or other news agencies cut through the garbage? Let's do your job!

    November 5, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  24. dave

    When one of the deepest blue states only have 51% approving Obama, it is very telling of what his real approval rate is. I strongly believe the claimed overall 39% is an overstatement. I guess that does include NYC and LA/San Fran area, very high populated areas that live in a bubble of liberalism, but think it is the norm. In 2016 will we see another republican (maybe Christie) win 49 of the 50 states, like we saw during Reagan's RE-election?

    November 5, 2013 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  25. FHTEX

    The election poll numbers for Obama seem strangely high, given that the latest Gallup polling shows his approval rating in the 30s.

    November 5, 2013 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
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