Poll: Christie not top choice in home state
March 11th, 2011
11:26 AM ET
11 years ago

Poll: Christie not top choice in home state

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's numerous statements that he's not interested in running for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination appears to be resonating with residents in his home state, according to a new poll.

And a Rutgers University/Eagleton Institute of Politics survey released Friday also indicates that a plurality of New Jersey residents think President Barack Obama deserves re-election next year.

Forty-eight percent of people questioned in the poll say Obama deserves to be re-elected, with 39 percent saying no and 13 percent not sure. Independent voters are split, with four in ten saying the president deserves another term, 42 percent disagreeing, and 18 percent undecided.

As for who should be the GOP presidential nominee, 13 percent of Republicans and independents who lean Republican say former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, with Christie at 12 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 11 percent. No other potential candidates were in double digits. Forty-two percent of Republicans and Republican leaners did not name a preferred challenger to Obama.

"November is far off, but it is clear Christie is not the default choice of New Jersey Republicans," says David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University. "This is probably due mostly to his continuing denial of interest in running. But were he running, I suspect many would line up behind him."

In 2009 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, and for his often outspoken style. But Christie has repeatedly said he is not interested in making a bid for his party's presidential nomination next year.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll was conducted Feb. 24-26, with 912 adults in New Jersey questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus 3.4 percentage points.


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  1. Sniffit

    "caves to every far left idea out there"

    You mean like single payer health care and stopping the rich from continuing to redistribute all the wealth and assets in this country by forcing the middle-class to pay for them to receive tax cuts they in no way, shape or form need? Or closing GITMO and trying them in civil courts? Or allowing the Patriot Act to die? Or stopping the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bringing EVERYONE home? The list goes on and on and on. But yeah, you simply must be correct because you received the transmission telling you to think that through the antennae on yor tinfoil hat...yep...Obama sure is a far far leftist who ascribes to everything educated progressives are asking of him.

    March 11, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. ABM

    Truth is the GOP has no one capable of handling being president. The current field are fill of horrible horific peole who think they can do the job when it actuality they would not be capable of making hard decisions or know how to interact with other world leaders. On top of that they really don't have think skins and only seem to be interested in talking to Faux News instead of the American polulace. Christie was in office for how long and delusional people want to put him in the White House. Seriously? Are you kidding me? This guy would not be a good representative for the US.

    March 11, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. thomas

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the last person I would trust in regards to fiscal spending , budget deficit , health and dieting !
    Put down the fork and go for a walk Gov. !

    March 11, 2011 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    he IS top choice with some NJ voters...those who love pie, cake, and pasta

    March 11, 2011 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  5. Dave

    One has to wonder if he is the top choice for governor of NJ right now. I bet the bloom has come off the rose on Christie for the voters of NJ. I predict it is going to be a long couple of years for him as governor.

    March 11, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  6. Emerson

    Christie first has to do something besides flap his moouth before he can be considered for anything besides what he is doing nos.

    March 11, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. geecee

    No surprise. There isn't a Republican that can beat President Obama in 2012. He has kept us afloat despite all of the horrible events that have occurred since he took office, and prior thereto as well. Financial disasters, natural disasters, Middle East upheavals, BP oil disaster, there is a whole lot of horror going on in this world and he leads us with a sound mind and thoughtful, careful concern. He's a steady force in a world of constant turmoil.

    March 11, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  8. Sue

    CNN-Do an article about the Reuters poll that was released two days ago--which showed Obama's approval rating for Independents has falled 10 points in one month. His approval rating with Independents is only 37%.

    Independents are going to determine who wins in 2012--and the Independents no longer trust/support Obama.

    Obama is one and done!!! He will NOT be reelected in 2012.

    March 11, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. Palin is an IDIOT

    This guy Christie is a gas bag and too full of himself!....he thinks so highly of himself as the best thing that has ever happened to the people of New Jersey and the GOP-Tea Party!

    I'm not buying Christiies's ALL TALK smoke and mirrors....there is something fishy about him and a show will soon drop!!!

    March 11, 2011 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  10. Sue

    Obama is one and !! He will not be reelected in 2012.

    CNN-I want to see an article about the Reuters poll that was released two days ago. You know, the poll that showed that Obama's approval rating for Independents dropped 10 points in one month. His approval rating with Independents is now only 37%.

    Independents are going to determine who wins in 2012--and the Independents no longer trust/support Obama.


    March 11, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. fayse

    The President shows that he has a calm common sense approach to very sensitive issues. Never once have we seen him running around like a chicken with it head cut off. Not one of us on the left or the right nor even Congress or Senators know the full details that is at the disposal of the office of the President. It is easy to criticize when you don't have all of the facts. President Obama will win in spite of the lies of the GOP. The GOP is pandering to the Tea Party for now and when they figure out that the majority of Americans are against the radical extremism of the TP, the GOP will drop them or they will all lose big time in 2012.

    March 11, 2011 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  12. CaliforniaBC

    What I don't understand is how this guy Christie is so popular...and why exactly was he picked the "hottest" politician. He looks like a mafioso. How is trusted as a politician?

    March 11, 2011 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  13. deepak

    gt..it just shows how far you are on the right that Obama seems to be on far left to you:)

    March 11, 2011 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  14. America First, Party Seond

    As a NJ man, not a bit surprised. Loud mouth and tough talk may generate excitement among raw meat hungry thoughtless followers. We NJ'ers are much SMARTER than the rest of the country–especially red states. Please put Sarah P or Michelle B as your nominee, pleasssse...

    March 11, 2011 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. DemoCommunists for a Better Way - Bankruptcy

    Chris Christie would DESTROY Obama in an election by at least 10% points. The man ooozes common sense and competence that Obama could only dream of. Obama has shown ZERO leadership ability and a refusal to tackle the debt and deficits to get this country on sound fiscal footing. Christie has shown he can handle that task just as he has done in NJ.

    March 11, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. What it tells you

    It tells you that Chris Christie won against Corzine... and his election was not a referendum on Pres. Obama or Democrats..

    NJ is a Democratic state hands down... Christie was just the best candidate.

    March 11, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    bobpa/chuck/gt – it's sad to know you, and others like you, still your heads in the sand!!!
    Where were you when the shrub was destroying the country????

    March 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  18. james

    For a decidedly blue state like NJ, Obozo's numbers are awful! Even the liberals realize this buffoon doesn't have a clue.

    March 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  19. Steve in North Carolina

    Last time I looked, this guy wasn't running for President. So what is the point of this article?

    March 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  20. Ben in LA


    March 11, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  21. idiots

    Did any of you Democrats commenting on this little article even take the minute to read it? This "poll" doesn't mention that Chris is unpopular at all. It states he would come in second in NJ for the Republican nomination (and only because he has said over and over again he will not be running). Secondly, it mentions that 40% of NJ residents (BLUE STATE) thinks Obama is a one termer, only 4 out of 10 (not even half) of Independents from NJ think Obama will win in 2012. This poll isn't good news for Obama, not at all. Now if you will excuse me, I have to pay $60 to fill up my car. Thanks Obummer.

    March 11, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  22. Phil in KC

    This is funny! Guess his 15 minutes are about over....

    March 11, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  23. BossManDaty

    Sure, another poll done by a liberal organization. More nonsense. Obama is a one termer. That's a fact. Christiei isnt interested. That's a fact. The next thing they'll say is that Governor Christie really didn't win the New Jersey Governor election.

    March 11, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  24. Right Leaning Independent

    Giving Obama a second term would be voting to give him a second chance to push his far left liberal policy! He has only moved to the center in order to get re-elected. Once re-elected, he will move back to the far left since he can not run for a third term – unless he tries to change that too...

    March 11, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  25. Molly Weasley

    The more voters learn about the bully Chris Christie, the more they realize what a blowhard and buffoon he is. Oh yeah, WHERE ARE ALL THE NEW JOBS you promised your state?

    March 11, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
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