Poll: Obama & Menendez numbers heading up
February 9th, 2011
10:06 AM ET
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Poll: Obama & Menendez numbers heading up

Washington (CNN) - A new poll indicates that the approval rating for Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who's up for re-election in 2012, is on the rise.

According to a Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday, 44 percent of New Jersey voters approve of the job Menendez is doing as one of the Garden State's two U.S. senators, with 36 percent saying they disapprove and one in five not sure. The 44 percent approval rating is up six points from Quinnpiac's last poll, which was conducted in December.

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.

The poll suggests a partisan divide, with 63 percent of Democrats questioned saying they approve of the job Menendez is doing, with only 21 percent of Republicans saying they approve of how the senator is handling his duties. Independent voters are divided.

Menendez will be on the ballot next year alongside President Barack Obama. The poll indicates that 55 percent approve of how Obama handling his duties as president, with just over four in ten saying they disapprove. The 55 percent approval rating is up nine points from November.

The poll suggests partisan, gender and racial divides on how the president's doing in the White House.

"A bit of an up-tick for Obama. Black voters approve enthusiastically and he gets a slight negative among white voters," says Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "New Jersey women like the president a lot more than men."

The Quinnipiac University poll was conducted February 3-7, with 1,347 New Jersey voters questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Ted

    Obama's presidency has revealed that this country is a lot more racially divided than I would have ever suspected. The rightwing is the leader in this bias and it is all about rich white millionaires. This country has always been a melting pot of races and ethnicity and the GOP needs to get with the program that minorities will eventually have a very big part in business and politics.

    February 9, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  2. diridi

    good news....Nation's economy is definitely improving....Eric Cantor is an idiot, I do not know who in the world in Virginia elected this brainless idiot...listen, US supplier, and industrial base to the emerging market is getting better because of the
    Fin. Reg. Reform. Housing is oversupplied and takes some time. Overall business is improving. Business are investing and hiring American workers. Borrowers are seeing lower rate of interest now. DOW is going good, (Knock on the wood) by god's grace. Manufacturing and Agriculture growth are coming from exports to emerging markets....these are signs of improvement...not idiot Reagan and Bush era signs...borrow and spend....Banks are now very prudent....by Fin. Reg. Reform.....well, credit goes to Obama....Go for Obama 2012!!!! Don't listen to these GOP bastards....thugs...o.k...Nation is improving...

    February 9, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Charlie from the North

    As much as I can't stand having the party of "no" in charge of the house I think the daily reminders of their reliable stupidity is serving to make the Obama Administration look really good by comparison.
    Thanks GOP I guess.

    February 9, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  4. duckbutter

    ck rassmusson.... he is down...

    February 9, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  5. Vic of New York

    Menendez is doing an incredible job, not just of representing NJ but as a world-class Senator in the US Congress. This guy is smart, caring, and engaged. Anyone who says different is brain-glued to the FOX mantra.

    By contrast "Fat-ears" Chris Christie is an emabrassment to NJ. This joker would do better as one of the actors on "The Jersey Shore". Christie was a left-over who became governor by the luck of timing as New Jersey got hit with the brunt of the recession. But folks around here have learned a valuable lesson – Repubklicans talk big but deliver small. My prediction is the Chris and his right-wing luney buds should do all the endorsement he can while he's still Governor because NJ voters are sending him bouncing out the door like the rubber ball he is come the next oportunity.

    February 9, 2011 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  6. Rob from New Jersey

    I remember former Governor Corzine's numbers were higher than Menendez's and look what happened to him. We voted him out, we are tired of corrupt liberal democrat politicians who are bought and controlled by the unions. We shouldn't have to pay for unions lavish lifestyles while we suffer, and struggle to stay in our homes. We have the highest property taxes in the nation, for one reason, to pay for union workers pensions, free healthcare, and high salaries. AND WE ARE FED UP WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Menendez is finished, we will vote him out, he has done nothing for the people of New Jersey, he is only concerned with his own political career.


    February 9, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  7. Enough is Enough

    Menendez is the best friend that illegals have. Illegals cost taxpayers 113 billion a year. Mr amnesty needs to be thrown out of office, he puts the well being of illegals (undocumented democrats) before that of taxpayers.

    February 9, 2011 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. T'sah from Virginia

    With President Obama on the ballot in 2012 – Not to worry!!!

    February 9, 2011 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  9. La, La, La

    Menendez is the only Cuban-American politician that I like. Rubio sucks.

    February 9, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Independent voters are smart and will not vote Republican just to defeat President Obama and Republicans just don't get it. A lot of independent voters are middle class and they know President Obama is trying to save the middle class because without it we have apartheid. If you notice Republicans never talk about the middle class because they depend upon voters not knowing what apartheid is which has been a practice they've had for years, 2 classes; the rich and the poor, no middle class.

    February 9, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Name king

    The repugs talking about the bad state of the economy, and tell their blinded minion about all sort of conspiracy theories that the dems are planning in the back room of the white house, have you watch glen beck lately. Every thing with these repugs is a conspiracy, I always wonder how the hell Americans find the will to spend their money and get the economy back on track again, with all this negavitivty about the rend of mankind on every single decision the Obama administration makes. It's too bad that their are some dizzy people that will believe the crap the repugs are shooting from their mouth, even if they have the fact in front of them, all the repugs do to dispute facts is add a conspiracy theory to it, a dash of fear and intolerance and walla, facts and rationality has left the building, this is the package they use and it get these people every time. We are a laughing stock of the world because other nations are astonished that these people falls for the
    same tricks every time. Talking about tricks wait until election gets close, they going to pull that Janet brewer of Arizona immigration fiasco
    Again, but this time its going to be even bigger, you think the governor lies about illegal immigrants cutting off folks head as they come across was fearful, watch what these repugs have in store when election draws near. Americans are going to be packing their bags and trying to leave the country.

    February 9, 2011 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    It may be heading up but it is still pretty abysmal. Both he and Obama have a LOT of work to do to get re-elected.

    February 9, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  13. Gaylon Barrow

    Of course he gets a rise out of Black voters all they see is black and not the faults in the man. But blacks alone will not get him reelected.

    February 9, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |