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Republicans Still Support Christie Following Bridge Scandal

Monmouth University, 1/10-1/12
New Jersey, Christie Approval

  • All: 59
  • Republicans: 89
  • Democrats: 38
  • Independents: 62

Yesterday, we looked at a Quinnipiac poll that showed Chris Christie’s favorable ratings falling in his homestate of New Jersey. Today, a Monmouth University poll has found that while Christie’s favorables are down, his approval ratings remain high, especially among Republicans.

The poll, conducted between January 10 and 12, sampling 541 adults in New Jersey, found that Christie has maintained a 59 percent approval rating in the wake of the bridge scandal and an 89 percent approval rate among Republicans. While 59 is a strong number, Barack Obama would kill to have that kind of approval rating, that’s down from 65 percent in December. Thirty-five percent of New Jersey residents now disapprove of the job Christie is doing, up from 27 percent a month ago.

While his approval rating has remained sky high among Republicans, the moderate blue state governor’s approval rating among Democrats has now fallen from 47 to 38 and 52 percent of Democrats now disapprove of the job he’s doing. Christie’s biggest hit, however, was among independent voters where his approval rating fell from 73 percent to 62 percent.

While most New Jersey residents still approve of his job as governor, his favorable ratings have plummeted. Just 44 percent of respondents said they had a favorable view of the governor, down from 70 percent this time last year. Twenty-eight percent said they had an unfavorable view of Christie, up from 19 percent. Twenty-eight percent now don’t have a favorable or unfavorable view, a drastic change from 11 percent in 2013.

When asked about Christie’s presidential aspirations, just 44 percent said the governor has the “right temperament” to be president, down from 56 percent in September. Nearly half of respondents said he does not have the right temperament to be president and 32 percent said they would describe Christie as a bully.

We’ve yet to see any national polls that reflect opinion swings following the scandal but if his home state is any indication, Christie could be in big trouble with independent voters, the key to any presidential bid.

(Image courtesy of Bob Jagendorf)