Poll: New Jersey split on its blunt governor
December 21st, 2010
08:41 AM ET
10 years ago

Poll: New Jersey split on its blunt governor

(CNN) - As Gov. Chris Christie finishes up his first year in office, a new poll indicates New Jersey voters are split on their at-times blunt, in-your-face-style governor, who has become extremely popular among Republicans nationwide.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 46 percent of Garden State voters approve of the job Christie's doing as governor, with 44 percent saying they disapprove. Christie's approval rating is down 5 points from November, with his disapproval up 6 points from last month.

Forty-seven percent of people questioned say they approve of Christie's governing style, with 48 percent saying they disapprove.

The poll indicates a partisan divide, with nearly three quarters of Republicans approving of the job Christie's doing while nearly two-thirds of Democrats give him a thumbs down. By a 48 to 41 percent margin, independent voters say they approve of how Christie's handling his duties.

"Overall, New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie still gets a split decision. Democrats don't like him at all; Republicans like him a lot. His 'Jersey-guy' in-your-face governing style? An even split," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

Last year, Christie pulled off an upset victory over Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Since his election, he has drawn national attention for pushing budget cuts through a Democratic state legislature.

The poll indicates that nearly eight out of 10 New Jersey voters say most politicians act based on what's popular, but 64 percent say that Christie acts on principal rather than what's popular.

Despite lots of chatter, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie keeps saying he won't run for president in 2012, and a new poll suggests that's just fine with people in his state.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey conducted last month, more than six in ten say Christie would not make a good president, and two-thirds said that speculation over a possible Christie bid is just political gossip.

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted December 14-19, with 1,276 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. jules sand-perkins

    I live across the Hudson River from Gov. Christie's state, and from here it seems that he's doing a terrifically good job.
    Outspoken style? We have room for more than one flavor of ice cream.
    Mayor LaGuardia had an individual style. Ed Koch was fantastic, substance and style.
    You go, Gov. Christie!

    December 21, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  2. GI Joe

    He's one big fat puffed-up ego. Threw away over 3,000 jobs for NJ so he can continue to eat steak (half a cow at a time).

    If he ever gets healthy, maybe. But not as fat as he is.

    December 21, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. Brian in MD

    In a state that leans heavy Dem, I would say that a 46% approval rating is quite an accomplishment.

    December 21, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. CNN Political Ticker equals 2 Plain Palin Twitter and Facebook Page

    the people of New Jersey are FINALLY coming back to their senses....that all that spending CUTs is gonna impact their kids schools, fire services, police departments, teachers, roads, bridges, etc.

    Chris Christie needs to first trim his body fat...then cut his tax-dollars paycheck first, before trying to cut spending that will affect New Jersey kids for generations to come!

    Glad the people of New Jersey are NO meat & bubble heads like Jersey Shore cast members!

    December 21, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. Enough is Enough

    I bet the approval rating is close to 100% if you don't count union members, people are on public assistance and illegals.

    December 21, 2010 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  6. KathyC in Minnesota

    We here in Minnesota have had a"bully" Governor for 8 years. His "Do what I say" attitude has left Minnesota in worst financial shape EVER!!!

    I used to live in New Jersey 37 years ago. It was expensive then! YOU in NJ elected Christie! He's no friend of the working people!

    December 21, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  7. gt

    after the disaster corzine made , it will take time ,to clean up the mess.... thats what the democrats have said for 2 yrs about bush....

    December 21, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  8. Rsprings

    I'm sure those who disapprove are those on the dole and Public Employee Unions. His move to fix the fiscal problems of New Jersey is necessary befroe it all collapses. We have a worse issue in California thanks to our Democrat State Assembly. They have bankrupted the state and can't stop the spending. AWFUL!

    December 21, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Purnell

    He seems like a decent guy but he should try a little personal "belt-tightening." unless he wants to deal with serious health issues.

    December 21, 2010 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with Christie is that he is still stuck in his prosecutor mind set and not an administrator mind set. They are different. He also hasn't bothered to figure out how those programs that help the poor put money back into the economny. He isn't paying attention.

    December 21, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  11. NVa Native

    Jabba should feel pretty lucky to have the fox media celebrities on his side, otherwise he'd have no support.

    December 21, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  12. Wil

    Well, these people got exactly what they wanted. No sense in crying now. Be careful, doing things in with wrong intentions, can be haunting.

    December 21, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  13. Dennis

    Christie is the rare politician who tells it like it is, without any spin. This is a rare quality these days I think he has potential for a much bigger stage.

    December 21, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    As long as New Jerseyans think that spending their budget on tax cuts for the wealthy is better than funding schools, teachers, pensions, police, firemen, and public workers, Christie will be OK.

    December 21, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  15. Monster Zero

    Of course his ratings are down, the bitter pill of fiscal restructuring of inflated Union and State government pension and healthcare plans goes down hard to the public sector employee's. They should keep their eye on the ball, reduced pension and healthcare plans are better than NO pension and healthcare plans. People are acting like spoiled little children with these tax funded entitlement programs, try being laid off for 2.5 years and losing everything you've worked a life time for...how much did you get paid for your vote?

    December 21, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  16. Jack

    Well, you guys voted him in. This is a guy who offers simple solutions to complex problems. Looks to the immediate gratification to long-term results. He will not invest in the future because he doesn't want to borrow money. That's like not borrowing money to fix up your house. Good luck NJ.

    December 21, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  17. Hayes

    Some may dislike him now but he will be well respected and like when the bills come due. Doing what is right is not popular and a majority of residents evidently know it.

    December 21, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    We need a Governor like Chris Christy here in California. We need someone to take responsibility for the financial situation in the state and do what is necessary right now. We don't need someone to kick the can down the road and cause future generations of citizens the extreme hardship that comes with financial failure. We elected Jerry Brown and I believe we did an injustice to future generations of Californians. Jerry Brown does not have the capability to do what is necessary for California right now. He will only make things worse. New Jersey at least now has a fighting chance going forward.

    December 21, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  19. paul

    Christie will be o.k. as long as the people let him do what he wants to do. He does not handle the fact that some people will disagree with him. When they do, he jumps into "bully" mode. His style won't work in the long run unless he actually listens and respects both sides of an argument. I could just imagine him in a presidential (some R's have him pegged) debate when someone calls him out; he jumps across the table and "drops" them. New debating style coming your way.

    December 21, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  20. detada

    People are coming to the realization that shooting off your nose to spite your face makes for good soundbites, but isn't very smart in the long term.

    December 21, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  21. Mountaineer

    Keep him in New Jersey, cause the rest of America doesn't want him or need him. We had a Herbert Hoover!

    December 21, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |