Poll: Negative views of Christie on the rise
January 20th, 2014
04:02 PM ET
9 months ago

Poll: Negative views of Christie on the rise

(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.

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.


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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    I am pretty sure nothing gives on at the governor's office that he doesn't know about.
    The bridge gate idea had to come from high up and you can't get higher than this big guy.

    January 20, 2014 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Steve - Texas

    Of course.. the more we know how he will abuse politial power the more he is disliked....

    January 20, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Christie isn't as popular among the Republicans as the Dems think he is.

    January 20, 2014 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Ashmil

    There is a typo mistake on the unfavorable views among independent. From 155 to 33%. I think it should be from 55% to 33%.

    January 20, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote OUT the Repub/tea bag majority

    Posts closed on the Palin article before I could post this ... hopefully, it makes it here. Both she and Christie tap into the same impotent feelings of RWNJs:

    @JohnRJohnson: "This "scatter-brained airhead" is only relevant because so many scatter-brained airheads actually think she's smart and support her. Possibly the most ill-prepared candidate in a national election since the founding of the republic."

    The Quitta taps into all the impotent rage of the GOP base, which doesn't have the smarts or guts to admit their party keeps conning them into voting against their self-interest. They look for someone to blame for all their misery – and Palin is more than happy to be a spokes-screacher at the left, feeding into the fear, paranoia and intellectual laziness of the average right-wing voter. It's no coincidence her religious faith also preaches elitism (supposed only their version of Christian goes to Heaven) and gives an absolute pass on hateful, intolerant, uncompassionate behavior based on being willing to say, "Praise Jesus!" at regular intervals.

    The rightie men think she's hot, and the rightie women think the Quitta's mouth and volume makes them powerful (even as they vote for politicians who don't want them to choose what they do with their own bodies, think they should be paid less than men, and consider any woman who stands up for herself to be a Nazi).

    Palin = Quitter, Liar, Mooch

    January 20, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  6. 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.

    January 20, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    "I am pretty sure nothing gives on at the governor's office that he doesn't know about.
    The bridge gate idea had to come from high up and you can't get higher than this big guy."
    -------------------------
    I'm sure that Christie has found some sympathy out there with all of the Democrats picking on him, and seemingly his entire staff texting and doing all of the wrong things for him....and to him. Seriously, though. One has to really imagine the most perfect storm in order for Christie's plea of ignorance to be true. Lets' give him the benefit of the doubt, though.

    January 20, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel

    Christie isn't as popular among the Republicans as the Dems think he is.
    -------------------------–
    That's where you're wrong. Democrats know that Christie is widely disliked on the right. After all, he's been blamed for losing the general election for Romney. What you fail to realize is that the only Republican who gets the nomination is the one "who's turn" it is amongst the establishment. They've been grooming Christie to be in the on deck circle. It's beginning to look like they need a pinch hitter before he walks out to the plate.

    January 20, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    This guy is a plain bully..

    January 20, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. The Real Tom Paine

    -Rick McDaniel

    Christie isn't as popular among the Republicans as the Dems think he is.
    **************
    Reverting back to type, eh Ricky? You've stated any number of times you hated the man, then you shifted to defending him, now you are moving away. What's next, the RINO charge?

    January 20, 2014 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  11. smith

    "Unfavorable ratings have soared among democrats up 25%". Uh yeah, a moderate republican that is popular is really scary to the dems. Why, I have no idea. Anybody is better than the fruitloop in office now.

    January 20, 2014 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  12. Debbie

    Christie is Nixon only as a bully. Gets everyone under him to do his dirty work and then throws them under the bus. Not Presidential.

    January 20, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  13. simplyput

    Like this guy ever had a chance in middle America. Just think of all the wasted effort the dem machine put into this, not to mention the never-ending supply of money. Hillarity's opposition will not come from one man, but the collective memory of a nation embarassed by both her and her hubby. Stand by your man.

    January 20, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  14. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    58%. That's all? For a guy who has the reputation of being a micro-manager, I find it hard to believe he knew absolutely nothing about the closings. Some of weren't born yesterday and aren't that easily fooled.

    January 20, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  15. O'drama ya Mama

    Ashmil

    There is a typo mistake on the unfavorable views among independent. From 155 to 33%. I think it should be from 55% to 33%.
    January 20, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
    _________________________________________________________________________________________________

    The 155 was referring to his body fat %

    sorry, couldn't resist lol

    January 20, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. Tony in Maine

    If he didn't know, it calls into question his competence as a leader. If he did, but denies it, he's a liar. This is being caught between a rock and a hard place.

    January 20, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  17. Thomas

    Why dose the GOP always play the victim when they volunteered ?

    January 20, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  18. Cary

    The more I know about Governor Christie, the more he is sounding corrupt. Seems to me he is hiding a lot. Why did the city of Hoboken NJ get so little relief money??? Can you answer this question Gov. Christie? Why are you not helping the people of New Jersey?? I want to know how much money he truly has provided to the city of Hoboken and this will answer a great deal.

    January 20, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  19. carlos

    Unfavorable rating went from 15.5% to 33%.

    January 20, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  20. Mike

    Makes you wonder who CNN polls?

    January 20, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  21. GOP = Greed Over People

    A BMI of 155?

    Cold, but funny!

    January 20, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. Randy, San Francisco

    Christie supporters are in denial like so many victims of physical or mental abuse.

    January 20, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. Lawrence Monaco

    It is no longer Bridgegate. It is ChristieGate now.

    January 20, 2014 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  24. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Posts closed on the Palin article before I could post this ... hopefully, it makes it here."

    I'm glad to see your comment made it. Mine? Not so much. I simply pointed out how much respect I've lost for CNN for continually to air this windbag's Facebook rants. Apparently CNN wants to distance itself away from Palin (while it continues to embrace her mindset).

    January 20, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  25. GOP = Greed Over People

    I fail to see why Christie's popularity among the general populace is/was important.

    He will/would not have made it through the bagger's primaries!

    January 20, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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