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Poll: Christie's Favorability Rating Takes A Hit Following Scandals

Governor's rating down to 46 percent from 65 percent before the November election.

After two weeks of controversy, Gov. Chris Christie’s approval rating has dropped significantly, a new poll says.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll released Wednesday says Christie’s favorability rating stands at 46 percent – compared to 43 percent who view him unfavorably -- down from a 65 percent favorable before the November election. 

The drop is led by a 26-point decline among Democrats, the poll says.

Christie’s job approval rating also is sliding, with 53 percent approving of how he handles the job. That’s down 15 percentage points since November and well below the 66-to-73 percent approval rating he carried in the year since Superstorm Sandy, the poll says.

When asked to grade the governor, 43 percent gave Christie an “A’’ or “B’’ letter grade, down 16 points, and 29 percent gave him a “D’’ or “F,’’ compared to 18 percent two months ago, the poll says.

"Other polls taken immediately after the bridge scandal broke showed relatively small effects," noted David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and professor of political science at Rutgers University."But with another week of revelations, damage appears to have been done. The good will the Governor built up among Democrats with his handling of the Sandy aftermath is gone, at least for now."

While Democrats are abandoning Christie, most Republicans and any Independents continue to stand by the governor, according to the poll. 

Just 19 percent of Democrats view Christie favorably, down from 45 percent two months ago. Democrats’ view of Christie’s job performance is at 29 percent, down from 51 percent in November.

Republicans are still bullish on Christie, with 78 percent having a favorable opinion and 83 percent approving of the job he’s doing.

But among those who travel the George Washington Bridge at least once a week, Christie’s ratings are lower, with 37 percent favorable. Those who use the bridge less often are more positive, with 45 percent favorable. Those who never use the bridge are 51 percent favorable on Christie.

The poll results were collected Jan. 14-19 from telephone surveys of 826 New Jersey adults, with a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points, the poll says.

jim douglas January 22, 2014 at 06:30 PM
Piling on
Clay Thomas January 22, 2014 at 08:14 PM
He's toast! That goes for his toadie too!
Pat January 22, 2014 at 08:43 PM
I'm not smelling toast. Smells more like Zimmer's pants on fire.
S. Jono January 22, 2014 at 09:03 PM
Christie is all bluster and bull, like every petty tyrant. Good riddance.
PeoplePlease January 22, 2014 at 09:34 PM
They like his fiscal responsibility at the state level, but fear his moderately conservative social views going national.
Pat January 23, 2014 at 12:31 AM
Oh, please! They're all tyrants! Stop acting like one party is any better than the other. Politics in the USA is our version of The Hunger Games. Winner gets all, no matter how they had to lie, cheat and steal to get there.
Ridgewood Mom January 23, 2014 at 06:38 AM
NJ is strong. We can survive Christie.
jp1 January 23, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Never a fan to begin with.
Pen Man January 23, 2014 at 10:15 AM
He Should Be TOAST We the people “ENTRUST” and pay (very well, I might add) our government to take care of the infrastructure in this country. To play games with our property is just inappropriate. Chris Christie picked those people and put them in their positions proving Chris Christie is a poor leader, as a leader’s only job is to know what his people are doing, and to make sure they are doing what he wants done.
pdt January 23, 2014 at 10:48 AM
He is a bully. The stories coming out are just the icing on the cake and I do hope more is revealed. He will never be a Republican nominee for Presidency ever.
Think Twice January 23, 2014 at 11:10 AM
Zimmer's story is what did it for me. I believe her -- she was spot on the last time she called out a corrupt politician (Camarrano). No one believed her until he was busted by the Feds a few months later.
Clay Thomas January 23, 2014 at 03:14 PM
Be patient and stayed tuned! The big guy and his toadies are going down. Stay classy Gov. Numbnuts!
PeterB January 23, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Where were all of you when Corzine was shipping jobs out of state and raising taxes and tolls. Oh thats right, you were helping him with his campaign. How quickly we forget the lack of leadership the democrats have giving this state.
Ridgewood Mom January 23, 2014 at 04:03 PM
Taxes have gone up under Christie. Job growth lags behind other states under Christie.
PeterB January 23, 2014 at 04:44 PM
@ Ridgewood Mom - More jobs left NJ under Corzine than any other Governor. His 4 years as governor was the worst 4 years for taxes and job loss in NJ. So don't blame Christie for something another administration did. Corzine made NJ a state that no business wanted to do business in, especially large corporations, i.e. pharmaceutical companies, that got better deals from MA and CA.
Ridgewood Mom January 23, 2014 at 05:02 PM
Maybe we should see to it that Corzine, and Christie, are not elected to office again.
Sean Conneamhe January 23, 2014 at 09:30 PM
"Impeach Christie..."

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