NJ poll suggests Menendez leads possible GOP challengers
January 17th, 2011
02:00 PM ET
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NJ poll suggests Menendez leads possible GOP challengers

Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who's up for re-election in 2012, leads by double digits in hypothetical Senate general election matchups against six potential Republican challengers.

According to a Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind survey of New Jersey voters, Menendez lead ranges from ten points over Tom Kean Jr. (44 – 34 percent) and Tea Party movement favorite Michael Doherty (40 – 30 percent) to 21 points over Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (47 – 26 percent). Kean, a state lawmaker and son of a popular former New Jersey governor, lost to Menendez in the state's 2006 election for the Senate.

The poll indicates that 47 percent approve of the job that President Barack Obama's doing in the White House, with 41 percent saying they disapprove.

"The fortunes of the president and Menendez are bound together," said Woolley. "They rode an anti-Republican tide into office. Republicans are hoping an anti-Democratic tide takes them away. But in this state, Republicans will also need a candidate who can reach beyond Republican voters," says Peter Woolley, the director of the poll.

The Fairleigh Dickinson survey did not ask a question on Menendez's approval rating. A Quinnipiac University poll conducted last month indicated that 38 percent approved of the job Menendez was doing as senator, with 42 percent disapproving, and one in five unsure.

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 against Kean.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll was conducted Jan. 3-9, with 802 registered voters in New Jersey questioned by telephone. The survey has an overall sampling error of 3.5 percentage points.

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soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Name king

    Who will be crazy enough to vote for a repug in these time with their hardened stance of not taking in revenues in tax hikes and just have the mentality to cut spending. What are they smoking to want to give money to the well to people who doesnt need this money since they've got their allocated operational budgets for their corporations already. These people do not shop at our local businesses to spur growth to hire people, all they do is hoard trillions more money from the economy unto the sidelines, taking away more money from the spenders that support our small businesses that hires 75 percent of the workers in our economy. We need money to circulate to businesses so they can hire folks.

    January 17, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    Rep. Menendez is a man of the people and just the kind of Congressman New Jersey residents need in Washington. When you have a radical governor like Christie in office, you need a responsible adult to fight for the people.

    January 17, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Freedom of Speech in the USA

    No incumbent is immune from removal from office no matter how big his lead in the polls seems to be. Some states are hopelessly blue even though they are bankrupt from government overspending.

    Look at Illinois almost doubling their state income tax to pay for all the spending. The fiscal insanity in this country is at the state level as well. if people think greater prosperity comes from higher taxes and higher government spending then they haven't looked at what is happening over in Europe right now. No such thing as a free ride and only so much you can steal from "the rich".

    January 17, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  4. Glenn Koons

    I cannot understand why if Steve Forbes is a NJ resident he will not run against this liberal progressive socialist Men. Surely, if he is a resident, the voters would be willing to elect a man who actually knows something about the economy.

    January 17, 2011 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. Monster Zero

    When Christie gets done fixing what Corzine and his fellow liberal progressive Democrats waned into a fiscal tsunami funded by tax increase after tax increase, the majority of taxpayers in NJ will never again vote for a Democrat, it is just not in their or their States best interest.

    January 17, 2011 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  6. BlueDem1

    Glad to see the people of New Jersey still have some common sense.

    January 17, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  7. JP

    Illegals cost the U.S.113 billion each year. Next to Obama Menendez is the best friend illegals have. If you want open borders and another 12 million people on Obamacare, vote for Menendez.

    January 17, 2011 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. AEJ

    Please HURRY and get the BULLY Repub Gov. Christ out of office. I think he should learn to SHUT his BIG BULLY MOUTH at times. Christie deserve to be voted out of the office due to his handling of the stow storm in recent times in New Jersey.

    The 2012 elections is going to be a Democratic wave right back in the House and the Senate. People will soon learn these REPUBS are NOT REAL. The Repubs crushed the economy to GROUND ZERO or ROCK BOTTOM and is only a crazy person could think they can run the country. 2010 cannot comes fast enough to vote the Repubs out of office.

    January 17, 2011 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. mary

    the main problem Son of Keane has is that his first name is Son of Keane, cant get out of pop's shadow. Otherwise comes across as a priviledged snarky punk. Good thing he has a last name.

    January 17, 2011 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  10. gt

    this is a life time from now.... 2 yrs... give me a break....

    January 17, 2011 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |