November 16, 2011 - New Jersey's Christie Is Strong After Election Setback, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama Tops All Republicans In Early Look At 2012

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New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie holds onto his high 56 - 38 percent job approval rating despite his failure to make any gains in last week's legislative elections, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Today's results are little changed from Gov. Christie's 58 - 38 percent approval in an October 12 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. Approval is 90 - 8 percent among Republicans and 62 - 31 percent among independent voters. Democrats disapprove 66 - 28 percent. Men approve 60 - 35 percent and women approve 52 - 42 percent.

Voters approve 70 - 18 percent of the way Gov. Christie handled the October snowstorm, with strong support among all groups and in all regions.

"Gov. Christopher Christie got a big bump in his job approval last month after he told New Jersey voters they were stuck with him because he wasn't running for president," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

"Whether it's his handling of the October snowstorm or just momentum, he's still flying high. Women don't like him as much as men, but his one-time huge gender gap has shrunk."

New Jersey Republicans say 47 - 32 percent that Christie did work hard enough to help elect Republican state legislators last week. All voters, however, are divided 46 - 48 percent that Christie's failure to make Republican gains in the State Legislature means he will have trouble if he runs for reelection in 2013.

Voters say 43 - 7 percent that Democrats' success keeping control of the legislature means they are less likely to cooperate with Christie. Another 45 percent expect no difference.

"Did the election stand-off mean Christie will have a hard time if he runs again? Voters are divided, especially along party lines," Carroll said. "Will he have trouble dealing with a more assertive Democratic legislature? Opinions are split here, too."

New Jersey voters approve 51 - 41 percent of the way the state's utilities handled the response to the snowstorm. The time needed to restore power was reasonable, 60 percent say, while 34 percent say it was too slow and there's no excuse.

"Voters think Christie handled the storm well. Despite the loud howls of those without power (the Christie family's Mendham home was among them), voters overall give the utilities a passing grade," Carroll said.

With leads of 9 to 23 points over possible Republican challengers, President Barack Obama starts his reelection year in a strong position in New Jersey, despite a lackluster 48 - 48 percent job approval rating.

Matched one-on-one against Republican contenders Obama has solid leads:
  • 49 - 40 percent over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney;
  • 54 - 31 percent over Texas Gov. Rick Perry;
  • 55 - 32 percent over former Godfather's Pizza CEO Herman Cain;
  • 53 - 34 percent over former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
Romney leads the GOP primary pack with 29 percent, followed by Gingrich at 22 percent, Cain at 12 percent and no other candidate above 6 percent. Perry has 3 percent.

"President Barack Obama's job approval in blue New Jersey is anemic, to say the least, but he's doing better than the other guys, and that's what counts. Let's see what shapes up once the Republicans rally around one candidate," Carroll said.

New Jersey voters say 44 - 37 percent that U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez deserves reelection in 2012 and give him a 43 - 34 percent job approval rating. Menendez beats an unnamed Republican challenger 47 - 35 percent.

Voters approve 45 - 38 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg is doing.

From November 9 - 14, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,788 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.3 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones. The survey includes 548 Republicans with a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.

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

1. (If Registered Republican) If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain, for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Perry                 3%     3%     4%
Gingrich             22     26     19
Romney               29     32     26
Bachmann              3      4      2
Santorum              1      -      2
Paul                  6      5      6
Huntsman              4      4      3
Cain                 12     14      9
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      1      3
DK/NA                16     10     23
 
TREND: (If Registered Republican)If the 2012 Republican primary for President were being held today, and the candidates were Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, and Herman Cain for whom would you vote?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2011    2011
                             
Perry                 3       7
Gingrich             22       5 
Romney               29      28 
Bachmann              3       4 
Santorum              1       1 
Paul                  6      11 
Huntsman              4       2 
Cain                 12      17 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       3 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2       2 
DK/NA                16      18 
 
 
2. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                49%     4%    90%    41%    47%    51%    40%    93%
Romney               40     90      5     41     43     36     49      1
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      3      2      2      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3      2      1      5      3      3      3      2
DK/NA                 7      2      4     10      5      9      7      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Obama                67%    50%    40%    55%    37%
Romney               23     40     51     29     52
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      2      3      2      1
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      2      2      -      6      3
DK/NA                 7      7      6      8      6
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Mitt Romney the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2011    2011
                             
Obama                49      47
Romney               40      41 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2       2 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      3       3 
DK/NA                 7       7 
 
 
3. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Rick Perry the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                54%     9%    91%    51%    54%    55%    46%    95%
Perry                31     78      3     28     31     30     38      2
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      1      5      3      3      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      5      1      7      5      5      5      1
DK/NA                 7      5      4      9      6      8      8      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Obama                69%    54%    49%    59%    44%
Perry                19     32     35     27     38
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      4      3      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      6      5      6
DK/NA                 6      7      7      7      9
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Rick Perry the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2011    2011
                             
Obama                54      49
Perry                31      36 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5       4 
DK/NA                 7       9 
 
 
4. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Herman Cain the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                55%    12%    91%    51%    53%    56%    47%    91%
Cain                 32     76      2     30     35     28     38      3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      1      1      5      3      2      3      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      6      1      6      4      5      5      1
DK/NA                 6      4      4      8      5      8      6      5
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Obama                68%    55%    48%    59%    45%
Cain                 19     32     39     26     39
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       1      3      3      2      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      3      4      7      6
DK/NA                 8      7      6      6      7
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and Herman Cain the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2011    2011
                             
Obama                55      47
Cain                 32      38 
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3       3 
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5       3 
DK/NA                 6       9 
 
 
5. If the 2012 election for President were being held today, and the candidates were Barack Obama the Democrat and - Newt Gingrich the Republican, for whom would you vote?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                53%     9%    91%    49%    51%    55%    46%    90%
Gingrich             34     82      3     33     35     32     42      3
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      2      1      4      3      2      2      -
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      4      4      1      6      5      4      4      2
DK/NA                 6      3      4      9      6      7      6      5
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Obama                66%    54%    47%    58%    44%
Gingrich             20     33     41     28     43
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       3      3      3      1      2
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      5      3      3      5      5
DK/NA                 6      7      5      8      6
 
 
6. Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in the 2012 presidential election next year, are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More                 29%    44%    28%    22%    32%    27%    29%    29%
Less                 25     19     22     33     23     27     27     12
About the same       45     36     51     43     45     45     43     60
DK/NA                 1      -      -      2      1      1      1      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
More                 30%    31%    26%    28%    29%
Less                 27     26     22     23     27
About the same       42     43     51     48     42
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1
 
TREND: Compared to past presidential elections, how would you describe your level of enthusiasm about voting in the 2012 presidential election next year, are you more enthusiastic than usual, less enthusiastic, or about the same as usual?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2011    2011 
                             
More                 29      30 
Less                 25      28  
About the same       45      40  
DK/NA                 1       1  
 
 
7. Is your opinion of - Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            39%    70%    19%    40%    46%    33%    46%    15%
Unfavorable          29      8     44     29     31     27     27     37
Hvn't hrd enough     30     21     35     29     22     37     26     46
REFUSED               2      1      2      2      2      3      2      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            27%    38%    47%    35%    47%
Unfavorable          38     30     23     28     26
Hvn't hrd enough     30     30     28     36     25
REFUSED               4      2      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Mitt Romney favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Sep 26  Jul 5   Apr 19  Jan 25
                     2011    2011    2007    2007    2007    2007
                             
Favorable            39      35      22      16      16      11
Unfavorable          29      31      27      20      16      12
Hvn't hrd enough     30      32      49      63      65      76
REFUSED               2       1       2       2       3       1
 
 
8. Is your opinion of - Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            50%     8%    88%    43%    49%    52%    42%    90%
Unfavorable          44     89      7     51     48     41     53      3
Hvn't hrd enough      3      2      3      4      2      4      2      5
REFUSED               2      1      2      3      2      3      2      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            64%    52%    44%    55%    38%
Unfavorable          30     44     51     36     58
Hvn't hrd enough      3      2      3      6      2
REFUSED               3      2      2      3      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Barack Obama favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                             FAVORABLE.....
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Nov 19  Jun 12  Feb 21  Nov 19  Jan 25
                     2011    2011    2008    2008    2008    2008    2007
                             
Favorable            50      47      64      56      58      64      41
Unfavorable          44      47      21      32      21      21       9
Hvn't hrd enough      3       3      11      11      19      11      49
REFUSED               2       4       4       2       3       4       1
 
 
9. Is your opinion of - Herman Cain favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            23%    47%     7%    22%    28%    18%    26%    13%
Unfavorable          46     25     67     43     46     46     45     54
Hvn't hrd enough     29     27     25     33     24     33     27     33
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      2      2      2      -
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            18%    24%    25%    22%    25%
Unfavorable          57     46     45     41     46
Hvn't hrd enough     22     29     28     36     27
REFUSED               3      2      2      1      2
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Herman Cain favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2011    2011
                             
Favorable            23      25
Unfavorable          46      20 
Hvn't hrd enough     29      54 
REFUSED               2       1 
 
 
10. Is your opinion of - Rick Perry favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            13%    31%     4%    11%    13%    13%    16%     3%
Unfavorable          48     29     60     52     54     43     49     50
Hvn't hrd enough     37     39     35     36     33     42     34     46
REFUSED               1      1      1      1      1      2      1      1
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable             8%    13%    14%    14%    14%
Unfavorable          54     49     51     39     49
Hvn't hrd enough     34     37     34     46     35
REFUSED               4      1      1      1      1
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Rick Perry favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13
                     2011    2011
                             
Favorable            13      19
Unfavorable          48      39 
Hvn't hrd enough     37      41 
REFUSED               1       1 
 
 
11. Is your opinion of - Newt Gingrich favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            28%    62%     6%    28%    32%    26%    34%     7%
Unfavorable          47     18     67     50     51     43     44     61
Hvn't hrd enough     23     19     25     21     16     29     21     30
REFUSED               1      1      2      1      1      2      1      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Favorable            22%    30%    30%    23%    34%
Unfavorable          57     46     45     47     45
Hvn't hrd enough     17     24     23     29     20
REFUSED               4      1      2      1      1
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling his job as Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              56%    90%    28%    62%    60%    52%    64%    21%
Disapprove           38      8     66     31     35     42     30     75
DK/NA                 6      2      6      7      5      7      6      4
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              39%    53%    65%    53%    69%
Disapprove           57     41     29     41     26
DK/NA                 4      7      6      6      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie is handling his job as Governor? (*Low approve also 44% Jun 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Oct 12  Jun 21
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*
                             
Approve              56      58      47      44      47      58      44
Disapprove           38      38      46      47      46      38      47
DK/NA                 6       4       7      10       7       4      10
                             
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Stephen Sweeney is handling his job as State Senate President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              23%    25%    26%    20%    24%    21%    23%    26%
Disapprove           28     26     31     26     29     26     27     29
DK/NA                50     49     43     54     46     53     49     45
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              17%    21%    21%    28%    27%
Disapprove           34     25     23     31     28
DK/NA                49     54     55     41     45
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Stephen Sweeney is handling his job as State Senate President?
                     Nov 16  Oct 12
                     2011    2011
                             
Approve              23      23
Disapprove           28      29 
DK/NA                50      48 
                             
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheila Oliver is handling her job as Assembly Speaker?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              19%    16%    26%    17%    19%    20%    17%    36%
Disapprove           21     26     17     21     26     16     22     13
DK/NA                60     58     57     62     55     64     61     51
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              26%    19%    15%    19%    19%
Disapprove           22     22     20     21     18
DK/NA                52     59     65     59     63
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Sheila Oliver is handling her job as Assembly Speaker? (*Low also 19% Aug 2010, Nov 2010)
                                                             APPROVAL......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Jun 21  Nov 16
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*
                             
Approve              19      21      21      24      22      24      19
Disapprove           21      23      25      22      21      22      21
DK/NA                60      55      54      55      57      55      60
                             
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state assembly is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              30%    35%    32%    27%    31%    30%    32%    27%
Disapprove           46     44     44     47     50     42     45     47
DK/NA                24     21     24     25     19     29     23     26
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              32%    27%    33%    29%    34%
Disapprove           40     49     39     49     47
DK/NA                28     24     28     23     19
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state assembly is handling its job? (*Low also 25% Dec 2010)
                                                             APPROVAL......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Feb 09  Aug 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*
                             
Approve              30      29      25      27      26      32      25
Disapprove           46      49      55      51      53      45      55
DK/NA                24      22      20      22      22      22      20
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state senate is handling its job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              32%    35%    35%    29%    33%    31%    33%    30%
Disapprove           47     46     43     50     52     44     47     47
DK/NA                21     18     21     21     15     25     20     23
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              34%    29%    32%    29%    38%
Disapprove           46     51     43     52     42
DK/NA                20     20     25     19     20
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state senate is handling its job?
                                                             APPROVAL......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Feb 09  Aug 17  
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    
                                                                             
Approve              32      29      27      31      30      34      27      
Disapprove           47      53      57      52      55      46      57      
DK/NA                21      18      16      17      15      20      16 
 
 
17. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              43%    23%    64%    38%    44%    41%    39%    55%
Disapprove           34     55     15     39     38     30     38     17
DK/NA                23     22     21     23     17     28     22     28
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              58%    44%    40%    34%    38%
Disapprove           21     35     39     36     39
DK/NA                21     21     21     30     23
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Jun 21  Feb 20
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2008
                             
Approve              43      42      39      45      42      45      30
Disapprove           34      35      42      38      40      38      31
DK/NA                23      23      19      18      18      18      39
 
 
18. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              45%    25%    66%    39%    45%    45%    42%    60%
Disapprove           38     62     16     43     42     34     42     18
DK/NA                17     13     18     18     13     21     16     21
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              58%    48%    43%    35%    41%
Disapprove           27     34     40     42     47
DK/NA                15     18     17     24     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Frank Lautenberg is handling his job as United States Senator? (*High approve also 55% Sep 1999 & Jul 1999)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Jul 27  Feb 20
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2000*   2008
                             
Approve              45      46      43      46      44      55      39
Disapprove           38      37      45      40      42      22      31
DK/NA                17      17      12      14      14      23      29
 
 
19. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              48%     8%    85%    37%    45%    50%    39%    88%
Disapprove           48     90     12     54     52     44     57      5
DK/NA                 5      2      3      8      3      6      4      6
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              63%    46%    40%    57%    38%
Disapprove           35     49     53     38     59
DK/NA                 3      5      8      5      3
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Jun 10  Oct 13
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
                             
Approve              48      43      44      50      51      68      43
Disapprove           48      52      52      46      45      25      52
DK/NA                 5       5       4       4       4       7       5
 
 
20. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kim Guadagno is handling her job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              34%    49%    27%    32%    34%    34%    35%    37%
Disapprove           20     10     28     17     22     18     19     22
DK/NA                46     41     45     52     44     48     46     41
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              31%    31%    31%    28%    48%
Disapprove           24     20     18     24     15
DK/NA                45     49     51     47     37
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Kim Guadagno is handling her job as Lieutenant Governor?
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Nov 09
                     2011    2011    2010
                             
Approve              34      32      31
Disapprove           20      24      18
DK/NA                46      44      50
 
 
21. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        5%    10%     3%     3%     5%     5%     6%     3%
Smwht satisfied      40     57     28     40     42     37     43     27
Smwht dissatisfied   33     20     40     34     32     34     31     43
Very dissatisfied    22     13     27     23     20     24     20     25
DK/NA                 1      -      1      1      1      1      1      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     6%     6%     9%
Smwht satisfied      36     40     47     33     41
Smwht dissatisfied   38     36     30     34     25
Very dissatisfied    22     21     18     26     24
DK/NA                 2      1      -      1      -
 
TREND: In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today? Are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied? (*High also 71% Feb 1999)
                                                             VERY+SMWHT SAT
                                                             High    Low
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21  Apr 20  Dec 26  Jun 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2000*   2010
                             
Very satisfied        5       6       3       3       2      10       2
Smwht satisfied      40      38      31      31      31      61      22
Smwht dissatisfied   33      28      35      34      34      21      36
Very dissatisfied    22      26      31      31      32       7      39
DK/NA                 1       1       -       1       1       1       1
 
 
22. Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         50%     6%    90%    41%    47%    52%    40%    96%
No/Does not          45     92      8     52     49     42     55      2
DK/NA                 5      2      3      7      5      6      5      2
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes/Deserves         66%    50%    38%    58%    40%
No/Does not          28     47     54     36     57
DK/NA                 6      4      8      6      3
 
TREND: Do you feel that Barack Obama deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
Yes/Deserves         50      47      45
No/Does not          45      48      49
DK/NA                 5       5       6
 
 
23. If the 2012 election for United States Senator were being held today, do you think you would vote for Robert Menendez the Democratic candidate, or for the Republican candidate?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Menendez             47%     6%    89%    38%    46%    48%    39%    84%
Republican           35     83      3     34     40     31     44      4
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  7      5      3     12      7      7      8      2
DK/NA                10      6      4     16      8     13     10     10
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Menendez             63%    48%    37%    53%    37%
Republican           22     33     47     30     44
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  4      8      7      7      7
DK/NA                10     11      9     10     11
 
TREND: If the 2012 election for United States Senator were being held today, do you think you would vote for Robert Menendez the Democratic candidate, or for the Republican candidate?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
Menendez             47      43      45
Republican           35      39      39
DEPENDS ON CAND(VOL)  7       7       6
DK/NA                10      11      10
 
 
24. Do you feel that Robert Menendez deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Deserves         44%    12%    76%    37%    45%    42%    37%    76%
No/Does not          37     70      8     40     42     32     44      7
DK/NA                20     18     16     23     13     26     19     17
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes/Deserves         59%    49%    35%    40%    34%
No/Does not          23     35     47     34     44
DK/NA                18     17     18     27     21
 
TREND: Do you feel that Robert Menendez deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?
                     Nov 16  Oct 13  Aug 17
                     2011    2011    2011
                             
Yes/Deserves         44      40      41
No/Does not          37      38      43
DK/NA                20      21      16
 
 
25. Regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie's policies, would you say you like or don't like Christopher Christie as a person?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 55%    85%    35%    58%    61%    50%    61%    38%
Don't Like           32      9     54     28     29     35     29     41
DK/NA                12      6     12     14     10     14     10     21
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Like                 45%    51%    62%    53%    67%
Don't Like           42     34     28     33     26
DK/NA                13     15     10     14      7
 
TREND: Regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie's policies, would you say you like or don't like Christopher Christie as a person?
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Like                 55      59      50      49
Don't Like           32      26      35      33
DK/NA                12      14      16      19
 
 
26. And regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Christopher Christie's policies?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Like                 54%    89%    25%    62%    60%    49%    63%    26%
Don't Like           40      9     69     32     36     43     33     67
DK/NA                 6      2      6      6      4      8      5      7
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Like                 38%    51%    63%    50%    69%
Don't Like           58     43     31     42     28
DK/NA                 5      6      6      8      3
 
TREND: And regardless of how you feel about Christopher Christie as a person, would you say you like or don't like most of Christopher Christie's policies?
                     Nov 16  Oct 12  Aug 17  Jun 21
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
                             
Like                 54      54      48      45
Don't Like           40      42      47      49
DK/NA                 6       4       5       6
 
 
33. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Christopher Christie handled the response to the recent October snowstorm?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              70%    84%    61%    71%    72%    68%    74%    59%
Disapprove           18      7     27     16     15     20     14     27
DK/NA                12      9     12     12     13     12     12     14
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              64%    69%    76%    69%    71%
Disapprove           19     22     14     14     16
DK/NA                17      9     10     17     12
 
 
34. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the utility companies handled the response to the October snowstorm?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              51%    53%    51%    50%    51%    51%    51%    46%
Disapprove           41     39     42     42     41     41     40     48
DK/NA                 8      8      7      9      9      8      9      6
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Approve              49%    51%    48%    62%    43%
Disapprove           43     44     47     23     45
DK/NA                 8      5      5     14     12
 
 
35. Which comes closer to your view about the length of time it took to restore power throughout New Jersey: It was reasonable given the extent of damage, or it was too slow and there's no excuse?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Reasonable           60%    64%    61%    58%    63%    58%    61%    60%
Too slow, no excuse  34     32     36     35     32     36     33     37
DK/NA                 6      4      4      7      5      6      6      3
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Reasonable           61%    61%    58%    65%    54%
Too slow, no excuse  35     35     39     23     38
DK/NA                 4      3      3     12      8
 
 
36. As you may know, Governor Christie will have a couple of State Supreme Court appointments. Do you think his selections for the Supreme Court should be based only on whether they are qualified to be a justice, or should he also consider their views on controversial issues?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Qualifications       54%    46%    58%    59%    61%    49%    56%    51%
Consider views       38     47     36     32     35     41     37     38
DK/NA                 8      7      6      8      4     11      7     11
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Qualifications       56%    54%    53%    50%    59%
Consider views       36     38     40     42     34
DK/NA                 8      8      7      7      7
 
 
46. (If Registered Republican) Do you think Governor Christie worked hard enough to elect Republican legislators or not?
                     REGISTERED REPUBLICANS
                     Tot    Men    Wom
 
Yes                  47%    49%    46%
No                   32     33     31
DK/NA                20     18     23
 
 
47. Governor Christie failed to make any Republican gains in the legislative election. Do you think this indicates that Christie will have trouble in his own 2013 reelection campaign or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  46%    28%    65%    40%    43%    49%    40%    68%
No                   48     69     29     53     52     45     54     26
DK/NA                 6      3      6      8      5      6      6      6
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
Yes                  55%    48%    40%    54%    35%
No                   38     48     55     40     58
DK/NA                 7      5      5      6      7
 
 
48. Democrats maintained their control of the state legislature in the election. Do you think this will make the Democratic majorities in the legislature more likely to cooperate with Governor Christie, less likely to cooperate with Governor Christie, or won't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely           7%     5%    10%     6%     7%     7%     6%    12%
Less likely          43     58     37     42     46     41     47     30
No difference        45     34     47     49     44     45     43     50
DK/NA                 5      4      6      4      3      7      4      9
 
                                          Philly
                     Urban  SbUrbn ExUrbn land   Shore
 
More likely           6%     9%     3%     8%     6%
Less likely          40     46     46     40     40
No difference        44     42     45     45     50
DK/NA                10      3      6      7      4
 
 

Demographic Summary