Poll: Christie's numbers down, Cuomo's numbers up
January 20th, 2014
10:02 AM ET
6 months ago

Poll: Christie's numbers down, Cuomo's numbers up

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's poll numbers are dropping in neighboring New York State, according to a new poll.

And a Siena College survey released Monday also indicates that New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo's numbers are on the rise.

According to the poll, Christie's favorable rating among Empire State voters has dropped from 63% in November, around the time of his landslide re-election victory, to 49% now, with his unfavorable rating jumping from 25% to 39%. Much of that drop comes from Democrats and New York City voters, with Christie's numbers among Republicans and downstate suburbanites remaining strong.

"Christie's image with New Yorkers – particularly Democrats and independents – has hit a major speed bump," said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg.

Christie has faced multiple controversies the past two weeks, from the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, allegedly carried out by top Christie aides as punishment for a New Jersey mayor who didn't endorse Christie's 2013 re-election, to the Democratic mayor of Hoboken, who claims the Governor used Superstorm Sandy recovery funds as leverage over a development project stalled in the city across the Hudson River from New York.

2016 effect

The controversies come as Christie, fresh off his re-election landslide, has been considering a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, and as he's taken over as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. According to the poll, Christie's standing in hypothetical 2016 matchups has eroded.

Two months ago the Republican governor trailed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 16 percentage-points among New York State voters in a possible matchup in the next presidential election. Now Christie trails Clinton by 28 points. And in a hypothetical showdown with Andrew Cuomo, New York State's Democratic governor, Christie trails by 20 points. In November, Christie had a five point margin over Cuomo.

Cuomo's numbers on the rise

Two thirds of Empire State voters say they have a favorable view of their governor, up five points from 61% in November, with Cuomo's unfavorable rating dropping four points from 32% to 28%. And Cuomo's approval rating has jumped 10 points, from 44% two months ago to 54% now.

Cuomo's up for re-election as governor this year, and 57% questioned in the poll say they are prepared to give him another term in Albany, up from 51% in November. A third say they would prefer someone else as New York governor, down from 41% two months ago.

The Siena College poll was conducted January 12-16, well after the bridge controversy made national headlines but before the allegations from Hoboken's mayor broke, with 808 registered voters in New York State questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.


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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. smith

    This poll is moot. NY always goes to democrats, Christie will lose that state no matter what. Most states are locked up as far as blue or red. NC, VA, FL, OH, PA, and CO decide elections.

    January 20, 2014 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Cuomo is hoping that Christie will fall.......so he can mount his own campaign.......if the citizens are stupid enough to vote for him.

    January 20, 2014 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  3. Jules

    Christie is so over for 2016. The big question now is can he stay out of prison.

    January 20, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  4. sifto

    who are they polling? Rich liberals? Cuomo made it clear that ordinary Americans are not welcome in his state..should be good for tourism when crime rate rises and the good people he is maligning stay home where they are safe and welcome..

    January 20, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice aren't they?
    They have the Reich-wingers pulling what's left of their hair out.

    January 20, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. JudasKnows

    I as a die hard liberal like christie but politics are what they are ,republicans and Fox News have been riding the 'Scandals' wave against Obama for 5 yrs so no time to cry when it happens to Christie. But it would have been better if it was Palin Or the Fox News hosts embroiled in something other than christie......HILLARY2016

    January 20, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Christie has faced multiple controversies the past two weeks, from the closing of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, allegedly carried out by top Christie aides ..."

    "time for some traffic problems in Ft. Lee"

    "got it"

    January 20, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  8. Peace

    I do not understand how republicans are doing their calculations. We hear that Christie can win blue States, which ones are they? He can't even win his own State New Jersey come 2016. What is he good for then?

    January 20, 2014 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    smith

    This poll is moot. NY always goes to democrats, Christie will lose that state no matter what. Most states are locked up as far as blue or red. NC, VA, FL, OH, PA, and CO decide elections.
    -----------------------------
    You're reciting from a false belief system, A.K.A. make it up as you go along. Ever hear of Gov. Rockefeller, who also served as VP to Pres. Ford? More recently, what about Gov. George Pataki, who was in office during 9/11?

    January 20, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    This poll is moot. NY always goes to democrats, Christie will lose that state no matter what.
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    The bad news is that it is starting to look like Christie would lose his home state of New Jersey. Notice that I am using the "conditional" here.
    The good news is that the way things are looking he won't have to worry about pulling a Romney and losing his home state... or losing ANY state for that matter as Christie being the GOP candidate will be a moot point.

    January 20, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  11. quinLee

    Why are we still talking about Christie and his 2016 aspirations. At this rate Christie may not make it through 2014.

    January 20, 2014 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Dan

    So what ? This guy Cuomo told conservatives to leave NY. Is this how he would talk running for POTUS ?

    January 20, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  13. rs

    smith
    This poll is moot. NY always goes to democrats, Christie will lose that state no matter what. Most states are locked up as far as blue or red. NC, VA, FL, OH, PA, and CO decide elections.
    __________
    Another Republican with no memory. Bloomberg (the recent mayor of New York City for how many terms?) represented what party? What about Mr. 9/11 himself? What party does he represent?
    As to your electoral metrics-Really? You don't think California and New York don't weigh the elections more than say Colorado or North Carolina? Look at the Electoral College map.

    January 20, 2014 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Thomas

    Chris Christie was always overrated , He could never have won the Presidency .

    His appearance , his style , his brand is only marketable to less then 30% of Americans.

    January 20, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  15. rs

    Rick McDaniel
    Cuomo is hoping that Christie will fall.......so he can mount his own campaign.......if the citizens are stupid enough to vote for him.
    ________________
    What as Governor of NJ? Get real. The tin pot radicals of the "TEA Party" weren't going to vote for Christie, just like they didn't vote for Mitt Romney. Christie may be mean, but he just isn't fascist enough.

    January 20, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  16. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rudy NYC

    smith

    This poll is moot. NY always goes to democrats, Christie will lose that state no matter what. Most states are locked up as far as blue or red. NC, VA, FL, OH, PA, and CO decide elections.
    ---------–
    You're reciting from a false belief system, A.K.A. make it up as you go along. Ever hear of Gov. Rockefeller, who also served as VP to Pres. Ford? More recently, what about Gov. George Pataki, who was in office during 9/11?
    **************
    Not to mention the fact that the state Senate in NY has been in GOP hands with one short interval of 1 year, for over 60 years. Have they heard of Jack Kemp, Bill Paxon ( #4 in the House under Newt Gingrich), Barber Conable ( Former head of the World Bank), Al D'Amato, Rudy Giuliani? PA is no longer a swing state, either, and CO is heading in that direction as well.

    January 20, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    -sifto

    who are they polling? Rich liberals? Cuomo made it clear that ordinary Americans are not welcome in his state..should be good for tourism when crime rate rises and the good people he is maligning stay home where they are safe and welcome..
    ******************
    You've obviously never been outside of NYC if you think NY is full of rich liberals: lots of rich people, but liberals? Go into the heart of the Finger Lakes, or the Adirondaks, or the Southern Tier: by no stretch of the imagination is that liberal.

    January 20, 2014 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  18. JudasKnows

    Gov. Coumo said it right.....new york does not need the conservative extremists ,nor does the rest of America

    January 20, 2014 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  19. Ed

    So, despite the following;

    NY – Worst Business Friendly State

    NY – Highest Property Tax in the Country

    NY – Least free state

    Plus him alienating people he has deemed "extremists", New Yorkers are still going to reelect him?
    Then I guess we do deserve what we get.

    People, please try and vote with your head instead of the letter next to the candidates name (D vs R). Vote for the individual, not the party.

    January 20, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    Ed

    So, despite the following;

    NY – Worst Business Friendly StateNY – Highest Property Tax in the Country
    NY – Least free state
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    New York is currently offering *new* business startups no taxes for ten years."

    Somebody has to support all of the red statesm, the "takers of tax dollars."

    "Least free state" is unworthy of a response. Besides, I don't know what exactly the means, anyway. It's a dog whistle.

    January 20, 2014 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  21. Enough is Enough

    Another winner from the Dem's – tells conservatives that they aren't welcome in New York....and apparently the Dem's eat it up....keep paying your high taxes and just do us all a favor....stay in NY.....

    January 20, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |