FDU Poll: 55% of New Jersey voters approve of Christie but don’t know why

In the first poll conducted by their new Executive Director, Dr. Krista Jenkins, FDU’s Public Mind Poll found that 55% of New Jersey’s registered voters approve of Governor Chris Christie.  The electorate is divided over whether they like the governor for his personality or his policies.

36% say they like Christie and his policies, 29% don’t like him personally or his policies. 14% like his personally but don’t like his policies while another 14% like his policies but not his personality.

Christie suffers a gender gap.  61% of men approve of his performances compared to only 49% of women. 54% of men say the state is on the right track, compared to 44% of women.

FDU did not distinguish between registered voters and likely voters.

Posted: August 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: 2013 Gubernatorial Politics, Chris Christie, FDU Public Mind Poll, NJ Media | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “FDU Poll: 55% of New Jersey voters approve of Christie but don’t know why”

  1. Joe Killeen said at 7:37 am on August 1st, 2012:

    Not so sure the Big Man’s brain patch hasn’t moved to the top of the heap in controlling spin.
    Can a politician have a better position than liked but for unknown reasons?
    Think of the possibilities, rancor and dismissal one hour, heart and soul the next. Wait a minute you don’t have to think of it, just observe. Or ask him the wrong question and you will get a first hand experience.
    New Jersey’s governance process and ways and means of doing business have taught me so much more than NYC ever did and I have only tried to do business in New Jersey for 20 of my 45 years of doing business.
    Where else but in the Garden State can you start out with something you need done as soon as possible and be presented with the challenge of working your way through 6 Degrees of Separation from reaching the right person with the right GPS system to navigate the course.
    Not blaming this all on the Big Man, it has taken many years and lots of players to create this semblance of government that controls the land of the highest median income in the country yet can’t find the means to educate its young.
    Asphalt and engineers, lawyers and “public servants” fire a teacher, lay off a cop, but spend the next 10 years deciding if a judge should pay more for their health benefits.
    I am more perplexed about the folks who consider a political debate about New Jersey politics an avocation or actually meaningful.
    The Big Man made a weeks worth of headlines vetoing the state’s participation in developing the largest commuter planning project in his region’s agenda, to save money we didn’t have, then a few short news cycles later gave 3 business’ close to 2 BILIION DOLLARS, real somolians worth of future tax dollars, worth of “incentives” to keep their business’ based in New Jersey. Go figure.
    Or not, we can keep the myth alive that whatever your political party is will make a difference. Rather than create the initiative that there is something deeply wrong with a political system that finds thousands of followers and true believers who consider it a life and death struggle over who gets, their driveway paved for free, or who used the public’s credit card for their Sunday dinner.
    I think the public can’t decide why they like the Big Man because he is tied into the current zeitgeist, I imagine the numbers of a poll asking, “Why Snooki?” would return the same results.

  2. Bob English said at 6:27 pm on August 1st, 2012:

    I’d be interested in a straight-up question along the lines of 1) Do you like/admire the Gov personally and/or 2) Politics asside, do you like/admire the Gov personally?

    I saw the same questions asked about the President and he rated aprox 2/3 positive (well liked/admired etc.) which is far beyound the support for his political policies. Gov. Romney did very poorly (was something like only 37% liked/admired him personally.) I suspect that the NJ Gov would do well on a question like that also….which to at least some degree helps him politically.

  3. Joe Killeen said at 7:24 am on August 3rd, 2012:

    Bob- I think your point is well taken. We are, despite increasing evidence to the contrary, a polite and considerate people. This, I believe, is a direct off shoot to our having a few years in which we were privileged to have the first amendment in place to protect our ongoing debates.
    As simply put as possible the present tenor and content of our political, cultural and every day debates has deteriorated to the point where we both find ourselves talking about poll questions as a topic of importance.
    My best suggestion is for all survey’s, polls, political considerations and whose on first questions be tabled for a fiscal quarter. That we let our middle school and high school children compile a list of questions on their observations, concerns and questions on their plates and we hold a caucus, no one gets to leave the room until the children are satisfied or have gone to sleep.
    We don’t need no stinkin polls, we need ideas, commitment and actual movement on the issues of the day that we have all Republican, Democrat, Liberal, Conservative, Christian or Asparagus, have kicked down the road in favor of the reality show pablum that we feed to ourselves and our children long enough.