December 22, 2010 - Gov. Christie Is Scrooge, Not Santa, New Jersey Voters Tell Quinnipiac University Poll 2-1

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New Jersey voters have a big "Bah, Humbug!" for Gov. Christopher Christie as 54 percent see him more as Scrooge while 28 percent see him more as Santa Claus, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Republicans see Gov. Christie as Santa Claus 47 - 36 percent, but the Scrooge label comes 71 - 15 percent from Democrats and 54 - 29 percent from independent voters, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds.

There is a small gender gap under the mistletoe as women say Scrooge 57 - 26 percent and men apply the title 52 - 30 percent.

The Scrooge label runs from 47 - 38 percent among voters at the shore to 61 - 25 percent in the South Jersey Philadelphia suburbs.

"At this Christmas season, Quinnipiac University turned to Charles Dickens and Clement Clarke Moore for inspiration," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "We seem to have inspired voters, especially Democrats, to say their governor could use a visit from the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Maybe next year, Gov. Chris.

"Meanwhile, our message to you and to politicians and poll respondents alike is: 'God bless us, every one.'"

From December 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,276 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and nationally as a public service and for research.
For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or Twitter.

34. And on a much lighter note, do you think of Governor Christie more as Santa Claus or more as Scrooge?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Santa Claus          28%    47%    15%    29%    30%    26%    31%     8%
Scrooge              54     36     71     54     52     57     52     73
NEITHER(VOL)         10      9      7     11     12      9     11     12
DK/NA                 7      8      7      6      6      8      6      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Santa Claus          23%    27%    26%    25%    38%
Scrooge              50     60     48     61     47
NEITHER(VOL)         15      8     11     10     10
DK/NA                11      5     15      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Santa Claus          27%    29%    28%    27%    25%    32%    18%    24%    43%
Scrooge              62     56     50     55     58     55     71     59     34
NEITHER(VOL)          7      8     14     10     12      7      6      9     16
DK/NA                 3      8      8      8      5      6      5      8      6