Gov. Chris Christie's Favorability Numbers Hit New Low in Rutgers-Eagleton Poll


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – There is no warm welcome waiting for Gov. Chris Christie as he prepares to give his budget speech today, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton Poll.

Following his failed presidential campaign bid that had him spending considerable time out of state while campaigning, just 29 percent of New Jersey registered voters have a favorable opinion of Christie – his low point to date, down four points since December.

While favorable ratings have declined over the past two months, Christie’s unfavorable rating holds steady at its all-time high of 59 percent. A solid majority of New Jersey voters have consistently had an unfavorable impression of the governor in every poll since August 2015.

Sign Up for E-News

Christie’s overall job approval likewise remains at its all-time low of 33 percent; 61 percent disapprove, also virtually unchanged since December.  

“After six months on the campaign trail and a year of being mostly out of state, Governor Christie is not being welcomed by New Jerseyans with open arms – in fact, quite the opposite,” said Ashley Koning, assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University.

"Even during the most contentious moments of his governorship – his polarizing first years in office or in Bridegate’s immediate aftermath – the governor’s numbers never reached the consistent lows we saw throughout his run for president and see now upon his return.”

Christie’s favorability is down among partisans of all stripes. Just 12 percent of Democrats (down three points) and 25 percent of independents (down five points) have a favorable opinion of him. While a majority of Republicans are still in his corner, even they have grown more negative – now at 63 percent favorable (down seven points) to 25 percent unfavorable (up five points).

Christie’s overall job approval shows similar patterns. While Democrats (19 percent approve to 79 percent disapprove) and independents (29 percent approve to 62 percent disapprove) show little movement, Republicans once again show notable slippage, although a majority still back the governor – now at 62 percent approve (down seven points) to 30 percent disapprove (up six points).

Ratings do not differ significantly based on whether respondents were interviewed before or after either the New Hampshire Primary last Tuesday or Christie’s official announcement that he would end his campaign last Wednesday.

Christie garners slightly better ratings among voters who are male, white, not living in a public union household, and those living in exurban and shore counties. Nonetheless, even among these groups, he does not receive a favorable or approving majority.

Results are from a statewide poll of 889 adults contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from Feb. 6 to Feb. 15, 2016, including 758 registered voters reported on in this release. The registered voter sample has a margin of error of +/-3.9 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events

Wed, February 21, 7:00 PM

Flemington Free Public Library, Flemington

Rescheduled Free Movie - Dunkirk

Arts & Entertainment

Thu, February 22, 6:30 PM

Polytech Careers Cafe, Raritan Township

Information Session and Campus Tour



AtlantiCast: Episode 12

On this week’s episode of AtlantiCast, decade of excellence makes headlines, as Atlantic Health’s place on Fortune Magazine’s 100 Best Companies to Work For List leads off the newest episode of AtlantiCast. Also on this week’s show, check out the newest “hybrid” operating room at Morristown Medical Center and find out how Atlantic Health is helping local ...

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!