(CNN) – Unfavorable opinions of Chris Christie have doubled over the past year, according to a new national poll.
A Pew Research Center survey released Monday also indicates that a majority who've heard about the George Washington Bridge controversy say that they don't believe the New Jersey governor when he says he wasn't aware of his aides alleged involvement in the closing of access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge, causing massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
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A year ago, a few months after Superstorm Sandy hit, favorable opinions (40%) of Christie among Americans outweighed unfavorable opinions (17%) by a more than two-to-one margin. Now, with a 38%-34% favorable/unfavorable rating, those sentiments are fairly equal, according to the Pew poll. There's a big drop in the survey of those who were unsure about their opinion of Christie, from 42% in January 2013, to 28% now, with most of those people apparently moving their opinion of Christie to unfavorable.
The survey suggests a partisan divide over the Republican governor and potential 2016 GOP White House contender. Unfavorable opinions of Christie among Democrats have soared 25 percentage points, from 18% a year ago to 43% now. And unfavorable views among independent voters have more than doubled, from 155 to 33%.
"However, Republicans still view Christie favorably by 49% to 27%. That is only modestly changed from last January, when an identical percentage (49%) viewed Christie favorably and 20% had a negative opinion," says a release from Pew Research.
According to the poll, a majority (58%) who've heard about the George Washington Bridge controversy say that they don't believe Christie when he says he wasn't aware of his aides alleged involvement in the closing of access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge, causing massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, New Jersey. Just over three in ten say they believe the Governor.
The Pew Research Center poll was conducted January 15-19, well after the bridge controversy had made national headlines, but mostly before the widespread coverage this weekend of the Democratic Mayor of Hoboken claims that the Governor used Superstorm Sandy recovery funds as leverage over a development project stalled in the city across the Hudson River from New York.
The Pew analysis is based on telephone interviews of 1,504 adults nationwide. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
According to an NBC News/Marist survey conducted at the beginning of last week, nearly seven in 10 said the bridge controversy had not changed their opinion of Christie, with around a fifth saying they liked him less because of the bridge controversy. The poll indicated that a plurality believed that Christie is mostly telling the truth when he said he didn't know about the lane closures, with about a third saying Christie wasn't telling the truth.
@it must be said
Of course they are. The Democrat smear machine has moved on from Romney to Chrisite. Only problem is they have no proof of anything so they spread rumors and innuendo. Lying Democrats doing what they do best, lying.
Yeah – no proof. I bet they had someone say "47%" into a microphone for Romney. Conservatives are at their finest when they are condemning themselves with their own words unedited.
The baggers may get an impeachment, but it will be the governor who the Kochs didn't like anyway.
is a poll how you show your masters in the white house - you are faithful??? CNN dolts
look pout democrats…..if he comes through this he will be very very powerful…pick up support all over the country…independents, deems, and gophers too.
@ Lynda Minnesota
My response to you regarding Christie's claim that he was 51 and not changing was obliterated also.
CNN is torn these days between having to post the obligatory news of Christie's fall from somewhere (because it wasn't grace) and maintaining their 'fair and balanced' narrative by inserting stories to shoot down the President even if that means resucitating Palin and her idiocies.
Christie, meanwhile, thinks that the best way to cut deals in private is to shoot down and berate the very people he needs to negotiate those deals with in public.
He says that this type of behaviour is what has erroneously labeled him as a bully, when nothing could be further from the truth.
Hard to make these people up isn't it Lynda?