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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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. T'sah from Virginia

    President Obama will be our President in 2012!!!

    March 11, 2011 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  2. lou

    I liked Christie at first, but the more I see of him, the more his loud, in your face kind of speaking gets on my nerves. I'm not sure I want some big guy yelling at me for 4 years.

    March 11, 2011 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  3. republican pride

    Lets put it this way, there really is no chance for republicans to win this time. We might as well just set our sights on 2016.

    March 11, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. Donnatella

    It's about time somebody prints the truth, if Christie ran he would lose NJ by big numbers because unlike the rest of the coutnry we have to live with this bully. He made cuts but he also increased government by taking over Atlantic City and the
    Sports Authority entities he can put his cronies in charge of on the backs of NJ taxpayers, our property taxes have doubled since this porker was elected. I will never vote for this man again, we actually have a recalll going on in NJ.

    March 11, 2011 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. saldun

    Just another lie that the media has been pushing ...He's only popular with Morning Joke show

    March 11, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. Tam

    No thanks, not him.

    March 11, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  7. Sam the Butcher

    First of many polls that will soon show the round mound of sound has an inverse popularity problem: the more you get to know him, the less you like him. Diet and exercise Christine Christopher.

    March 11, 2011 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  8. FM

    The size of this man worries me very much that I find it very difficult to support him anyhow! I don't care what he does. What I care is his health , hence size!

    March 11, 2011 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  9. willie floyd

    Folks in NJ are smarter than I thought. I agree with them 110%.

    March 11, 2011 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  10. Bob in PA

    Yeah right – you know it's four and the door for soon to be Former President Obama.
    The man is far worse than Jimmy Carter in his policies and a total cluster.... for America in general.
    Can't wait to say "Farewell, Good riddance to thee. Enjoy your retirement so I can finnally plan for mine.".

    March 11, 2011 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Chuck

    Obama needs to be voted out of office. He is the worst leader possible, both domestically and in foreign matters. I would question the sampling for the poll, as they can be skewed very easily.

    March 11, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. JL

    it doesn't matter who the potus is, none of them care about the "american" people...

    March 11, 2011 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  13. Pretzel Logic

    There isn't a single potential Republican candidate that can hold a candle to our current President.

    March 11, 2011 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Polls are nice....but deceptive.
    The facts are that Obama is the ONLY ONE doing anything about everything. Everyone else is just playing Russian roulette with our country and what's left of our decimated middle class, all for political and personal gain. Appearances be damned!!!
    Obama is the ONLY CHOICE, nobody else has surfaced that gives a good God darn about our country and rebuilding it.

    March 11, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  15. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Because he isn't forward thinking here in the state and wouldn't be for the country. They can see he is a bully and hasn't developed civility that is needed for a post like that.

    March 11, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Ha...take that, Captain Chubservative. I'm at the point where I'm actually cheering these guys on with the union busting, middle-class targeting budget cuts and forcing the middle-class to pay for corporations and the rich to get more tax cuts, etc. The overreach is delicious...and I can't think of a better example of people falling prey to actually believing your own BS. Oops, did you forget that it was all astroturf and that your poo really do stink? Walker and his imbecile gang of ne're-do-wells in WI already gave Obama 10 electoral votes for 2012. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

    March 11, 2011 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. Jilli

    I guess the folks in his home state are tuned into Christies factual inaccuracies that even his bully bravado can't disguise.

    The tough talk – the lies – and his tough guy image all lend itself to the fact that those who can't win arguments with facts and reason, resort to bullying. Christie certainly wouldn't be my first choice, he wouldn't be an option at all.

    March 11, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  18. Emerson C

    The most interesting result of this poll is that in this very blue state, Sarah Palin is in a statistical tie with Romney and Christie. If she is tying with Romney in a state where a plurality of Republicans are, for instance, pro-choice, then she is leading him nationally.

    March 11, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. gt

    obama has fooled the voters ... if your a far left wing nut i am sure your happy ,,,,obama is a good dad,,but caves to every far left idea out there....america begs for some common since from the middle... not far left or right....

    March 11, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The overreach is delicious..."

    Indeed it is.

    March 11, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  21. Chris

    I live in NJ and I agree with this.

    March 11, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Darth Vadik, CA

    I guess people don't like a blabbermouth after all....
    Sure they sound tough, but so did Bush, and we know how that turned out, he he he...

    March 11, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. CNN The Masters of Spin

    CNN and 99% of all the bloggers who blog on this site are nothing more or nothing less than Liberal, Yellow-Dog Democrats.....who only want a Cradle-To-Grave Nanny Government! Any GOP potential Presidential canidate.....who they know has a real opportunity of winning.....such as Christie or Palin, they try every angle they can come up with to demean them. But if it is Romney IE; they are passive....PROOF: 67 times on the Ticker, CNN has headlined "Bad News For Palin" (I never saw "Bad News for Obambi") Well I have real Truthfful News for all you Libs.....your free ride is about over, no more food stamps, welfare, government sop jobs, entitlements....for those who can WORK! Especially T'Sha and Dominican Mama for Obama, or Snifiiit......GET A JOB!

    March 11, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  24. Tulsa

    Hey GT, what has he lied about? How did he "fool" us?
    He has done, or tried to do EVERYTHING he said he would. The ones who have LIED are the Tbaggers and republicans who were elected to do something about jobs.
    Let me ask YOU,

    March 11, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. RdclCntrst

    Mayor Cory Booker for President! THAT guy knows how to get stuff done. He's so committed to progress at any cost that he and Gov. Christie, who holds opposing views on many, many issues, are great personal friends. On behalf of my home state, Run, Cory, Run!

    March 11, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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