The Quinnipiac poll released this morning has some encouraging news for State Senator Joe Kyrillos and his supporters as they campaign to unseat U.S. Senator Bob Menendez in November.
Menendez’s lead over Monmouth County’s favorite son is down to single digits, 44%-35%, with 18% undecided or not saying. A February poll by Quinnipiac had the race at 49%-34% .
Menendez’s favorability and familiarity ratings remain anemic for an incumbent. 35% of voters have a favorable opinion of Menendez, 27% have an unfavorable view and 37% haven’t heard enough about him. In February, 38% approved of Menendez, 24% didn’t and 36% didn’t know enough. If this trend holds, Menendez is in trouble.
Kyrillos remains largely unknown, but the trends are in his favor. In today’s poll 14% view Kyrillos favorably, 6% don’t and 79% don’t know enough about him. In February 82% didn’t know enough about Kyrillos to form an opinion, 11% approved of him and 6% didn’t.
Perhaps more encouraging for Kyrillos than the head to head numbers against Menendez are the poll results of the presidential campaign.
Quinnipiac says that Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney by 9 points in New Jersey, 49%-40%. The presidential race in NJ tightens to 49%-42% if Governor Chris Christie is the VP nominee.
Obama won the popular vote in New Jersey by 15% in 2008. NJ’s GOP leadership expects that he will take our electoral votes again. However, they believe that if the race is within single digits, that Kyrillos can unseat Menendez.