March 4th, 2009
12:38 PM ET
13 years ago

Polls spell trouble for Corzine re-election bid

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A new poll out Wednesday suggests Gov. Corzine could face a tough re-election bid in 2010."]
(CNN) - A new poll spells trouble for New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's bid for re-election this year.

Forty percent of New Jersey registered voters questioned in a Fairleigh Dickinson University survey released Wednesday approve of the job Corzine is doing as their state's governor, while 46 percent disapprove. That's a reversal from January when 46 percent approved of Governor Corzine's performance and 40 percent disapproved of how he was handling his job.

The poll also indicates that only one on four New Jersey voters think the state is headed in the right direction.

The survey suggests that Corzine bests any possible contenders in the Democratic primary but reveals that Corzine could face problems in November's general election.

In a hypothetical matchup with former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, the leading Republican contender, Christie leads 41 percent to 32 percent. That's a switch from January, when Corzine held a seven point lead over Christie.

"This poll fits into a pattern we have been seeing for awhile," said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "Corzine's approval rating has been below 50% since 2007, and some polls have shown Corzine tied with Christie or behind him since last August. This economy may create tough sledding for many incumbents, and the fact that Corzine has a Wall Street background can't help."

National Republicans are eager for wins this November in New Jersey and Virginia, the two states holding off-year gubernatorial elections. Both contests are often seen as a referendum on the party in power which is now the Democrats.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was conducted February 25-March 2, with 751 registered voters in New Jersey questioned by telephone. The survey has a sampling error of plus or minus four percentage points.

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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. RLE

    Matthew from Detroit why are you weighing in on what happens in NJ? By the way who did they poll, I certainly wasn't polled nor any of my neighbors or family members who all reside in South Jersey

    March 4, 2009 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  2. dap916


    Did I miss it....or did CNN fail to mention that Corzine is a democrat?

    Ever notice???? If he was a republican, this article by CNN would have STARTED with saying "Republican govenor Corzine....."

    Ah, yes......this Clinton News Network is maintaining its fabulous integrity.

    March 4, 2009 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. Mike

    Corzine get a ticket from the Trooper yet? Whooops i forgot, the trooper was driving.

    Too funny this two way street.

    March 4, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. Bill Hobby Texas Democrat

    Corzine, despite winning 2 statewide elections as United States Senator in 2000 and Governor in 2005, is going to suffer the same political fate that then-Texas Governor Mark White (D) did in 1986: lose reelection due to anti-incumbent sentiment, political backlash against his policies and bitter payback from Corzine's political enemies.

    March 4, 2009 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. JC

    As this spending and "bailout" mania goes on...more liberals will be ousted.

    March 4, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Matt

    God you people r hiliarious, from the person who called the north "Yankees" this reaffirming the southern stereotype to the person saying all liberals are rude! Wow sweeping generalization if I've ever seen one! To to those saying Obama is a failure even though he's done more in 30 days than bush did in 8 yrs! Shows the commitment to doing research and finding value and fact and truth! No you would rather listen to hannity and rush and o'reilly!

    March 4, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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