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Poll: Christie's on Right Track

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Good news for Gov. Chris Christie. Not only do a majority of New Jersey residents have a favorable few of the governor in the latest ’s PublicMind poll, his numbers are up a healthy bit since last year.

Read FDU's full statement on the poll, and take our own poll at the bottom of this post to let us know what you think:

New Jerseyans, for the second survey in a row, say the state is headed in the right direction, a phenomenon not seen in eleven years of polling by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™. According to the most recent statewide survey, 50% say the state is headed in the right direction, while 41% say it’s on the wrong track. However, public employees do disagree: 50% of public employee households say the state is on the wrong track.

“This spring has not been marred by the same depth of bad feeling about funding schools as in past years,” said Peter Woolley, director of the poll. “Typically, spring means fights over school budgets followed by even more fights over the state’s next budget.”

A majority, 51% of voters, say they have a favorable view of Gov. Chris Christie, including 29% of voters in the opposite party. Only 37% of Garden State voters say their view of him is unfavorable. A year ago in May, Christie’s “favorables” were reversed, 40% favorable and 45 unfavorable.

In fact, 49% say he’s doing a “good” or “excellent” job, including 28% of Democrats who agree.  “The good news is obvious,” said Woolley. “The bad news may be that, historically, the only way to go from here is down.”

At the same time, 56% of voters say they approve of the job the governor is doing, a new high for PublicMind polling of the governor’s performance: 33% disapprove. A year ago in May, the governor only broke even, with 44% approving and 44% disapproving.

Women approve by a margin of 9 points (48-39), and men by the much more robust margin of 37 points (64-27).  Public employees disapprove of the governor (35-52), but non-public employees approve by a 2-to-1 margin (60-29).

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 797 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone with both landline and cell phones from April 30 through May 6, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

Salvatore Gaglio May 11, 2012 at 10:27 AM
You may not like what he has to say but he's honest! he did not create the fiscal mess we are in by making promises to unions that could ever be kept and those smart enough will realize that we either change or the state emplyees end up with even less down the line. Ever since the enactment of the "millionaire tax" here in NJ there has been a drain of talent and citizens in the upper brackets.- Investment is finally coming back to the state and jobs with it. Real estate is starting to stabilize the key to building consumer confidence. I just hope he stays healthy!
Jack Wagon May 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
"50% of public employee households say the state is on the wrong track." No surprise there. Christie's not pandering to those unions/public employees like they are used to from the likes of Corzine and McGreevey. Those two ex-Gov.'s and the unions are to blame for a lot of our fiscal problems and Christie is taking them head on. They're going down kicking and screaming like little girls too. I don't always agree with him on every issue, but Chistie's the best chance we have to get out of this mess, and we still have a long way to go.
Jack Wagon May 11, 2012 at 11:09 AM
He's also not blaming ex- Gov. Jon Corzine for the poor economic condition the state is in every chance he gets a la Barak Hussein Obama.
Lawrence May 11, 2012 at 11:51 AM
The governor's inconsistent. He takes on the unions, sure, but he also has appointed more political cronies to his administrative circle, UMDNJ, Port Authority, and other favorite politico dumping grounds. He's also done nothing to attack the double and triple dipping elected officials who are really sucking the pensions dry.
Howard Becker May 15, 2012 at 08:47 PM
I love how it is always a guy at the bottom that is getting blamed for the states problems. Why dosen't Christie look at the top for the food chain for a change. With the elected officials with 3 part time jobs and 3 full time pensions, you can see why the pension fund is running low. Also, How about paying back the loan the state gave themselves from the fund.(aka Whitman) in 1997.
Jack Wagon May 15, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Who should he appoint? Enemies that will sabotage his every move. You speak with forked tongue
helen May 19, 2012 at 04:33 PM
jack you sound paranoid . yes its like the godfather movie with christie having enemies trying to whack him. lol sorry i used jack and whack in the same comment.
Jack Wagon May 19, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Hell on - Yeah, paranoid that Obummer wins in November again because dummies like you get to vote.
project bluebeam May 20, 2012 at 12:18 AM
i vote republican i would consider myself a moderate but i have to say jack wagon the way you act on here like an out of control mel gibson makes me embarrassed to be a conservative. our party needs unity instead of bozos with a short fuse like you. i actually feel sorry for you.
i pity the fool May 20, 2012 at 10:39 PM
thank God the patch finally banned jack wagon. i was wondering how long they would let his racial rants go on.
Winston May 21, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Gee...how come they let the fool I pity continue to post their vile nonsense?
project bluebeam May 21, 2012 at 05:39 PM
i see jack the wagon has returned as winston . different moniker same IQ

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