Patrick Murray has a new poll out this morning.
55% of New Jersey registered voters approve of Governor Chris Christie’s job performance. 37% disapprove. Among men Christie has a 17% net positive rating. Among women, net positive 6%
While still upside down, the state legislature’s ratings have improved. 39% disapprove of the legislature, the best rating they have had since 2007. 56% disapproved in April of 2010. The legislature’s approval rating remained steady at 35%. Murray didn’t say so, but it would stand to reason that voters feel better about the legislature due to Christie promoting how they have compromised with him.
Property taxes remain the most pressing concern of New Jersey residents. Murray asked respondents to rank Trenton’s priorties on a 1-10 scale:
New Jersey‘s Pressing Issues
(rated on a 10 point scale)
8.9 Reducing property taxes
7.7 Reducing income taxes
7.6 Increasing minimum wage
7.4 Reforming teacher tenure
7.3 Raising millionaires tax
7.0 Reforming drug sentencing laws
6.7 Restructuring higher education
5.8 Expanding charter schools
5.1 Same sex marriage
While same sex marriage is a low priority for New Jersey residents, 52% now favor allowing same sex couples to marry compared to 34% who oppose. For the first time since the question has been polled, residents who strongly favor same sex marriage exceed residents who strongly oppose by a 32% to 25% margin.
The poll, including data tables and Murray’s write up can be found here.