November 9th, 2010
10:51 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Wake up call for Menendez 2012 re-election bid ?

(CNN) - A new poll may serve as an early wake up call for Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who's up for re-election in 2012.

A Quinnipiac University surveys released Tuesday indicates that 38 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Menendez is doing as senator, with 41 percent disapproving, and one in five undecided.

According to the poll, Menendez has a 57 to 17 percent approval rating among Democrats, with just one in five Republicans giving him a thumbs up. Forty-eight percent of independent voters disapprove of the job Menendez is doing, with 37 percent saying they approve.

"Sen. Robert Menendez is said to be getting into gear for his 2012 campaign. He'd better. Not only did Democrats lose Bergen County, right next door to Menendez' Hudson County home, on Election Day; he gets a slightly negative job approval measure," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Menendez was appointed senator in January 2006 when fellow Democrat Jon Corzine gave up his seat to take over as governor. Menendez won a full term in office in the 2006 midterm elections, capturing 53 percent of the vote.

Menendez, the outgoing chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, is one of 23 Democrats in the chamber up for re-election in 2012. Ten Republican senators face re-election.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted November 3-8, with 1,362 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Here we go again with the unreliable polls.

    November 9, 2010 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  2. Dave

    How sad for New Jersey. Menedez is a democrat, worked hard for New Jersey and look where it got him. The good people of New Jersey don't deserve him. Let them elect a republican who won't care about them. See where it gets them.

    November 9, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. T'SAH from Virginia

    So CNN just "SICKED" the Tea Party on Menendez!!! Watch, like bees searching for honey – they are going to SWARM on him!! He better get his act together NOW with the Democrats in his area!!!

    This is T'sah – Back N2 Campaign MODE for this story ONLY – N2 MOVING AMERICA FORWARD with President Obama!

    November 9, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  4. pkb

    Mr Menendez: Please realize that the GOP spent most of their money on media blitz. Ads were there but the defamation and control of GOP leaning and corporate control (CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS) was a primary strategy, starting in 2008. Why didn't the DNC see that? You control what the public sees and hears by controlling the network news. People don't read papers, especially people who are Republicans. They watch the news once a day if that and believe everything they see and hear. If you live in the south, you are not going to hear or see Democrats on television. If you live in the upper midwest, ditto. The internet is where it's at but the Democratic Party must start major websites for their party. Look at CNN on the web. Totally negative towards the Democrats. The Democrats must get on the bandwagon to win in 2012.

    November 9, 2010 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  5. keepstufingthis

    OH P*shah, we republicans are apparently so dumb we can't read and all of the media is against the poor democrats and the inept, incompetent, lying, corrupt, union toady president that they stole the election for in 2008. My heart goes out to you, oh no it doesn't republicans have no feelings. I guess there is nothing like condemning a whole bunch of American taxpayers as enemies and having your blindly loyal followers condemn them as illiterate, and unfeeling. Way to win an election libs. You still can't figure it out. American taxpayers are tired of having their intelligence demeaned, finding themselve demonized and call names because we disagree with the president. Yet you persist. Please don't stop, you alienate more people every day.

    November 9, 2010 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. frank

    I've lived in NJ for the past 35 years....high property taxes, the highest auto insurance in the country, unions (government employees, teachers, etc.) that all have played key roles in running this state into bankruptcy. And did I mention the CORRUPTION? Christie has been a breath of fresh air. He has taken on these problems much to the dismay of the many people who fall into the above categories. The liberal media has it's crosshairs on Christie and continue to try to discredit him him. So Senator Menendez, I can't wait to cast my ballot to throw you out along with your pal Lautenberg. You two criminals have lined your pockets at the expense of NJ residents far too long. The unions own both of you. For you people who don't live here and get your facts from the rotten NJ media, think twice before you throw stones at Christie.

    November 9, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Menendez has done a good job being there for NJ in the Senate as far as I am concerned. If they don't like what he is doing, they should let his office know what he should be doing differently. If they don't, how do they expect him to understand where they are coming from and for him to respect their view.

    November 9, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |