Newark Mayor Cory Booker has an “almost insurmountable” lead over former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan in their race to replace the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg in the October 16 special election, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released this morning.
64% support Booker, 29% Lonegan and 6% are undecided.
56% of likely voters, including 44% of Republicans, don’t know enough about Lonegan to form an opinion. Voters who are familiar with the Republican are split 22%-22% in their favorable/unfavorable impressions of him.
Booker favorably impresses 63% of likely voters. 19% have an unfavorable impression of the Newark mayor. 17% say they are unfamiliar with him.
Rutgers-Eagleton surveyed 925 New Jersey adults, 814 of whom said they were registered voters. Of the registered voters, only 462 are likely to vote on the third Wednesday in October.
93% of Democrats, 52% of Independents and 19% of Republicans said they were voting for Booker. 90% of Liberals, 70% of Moderates and 20% of Conservatives said they were voting for Booker.
Polling Director David Redlawsk said Lonegan’s “most recent news highlights attacking Booker’s masculinity have been quite unflattering.” If Redlawsk asked a question about those recent news highlights, he did not report it or the results in the poll release.