Poll: A ladies’ man, Chris Christie is not

posted at 12:40 pm on June 21, 2011 by Tina Korbe

A day after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) came one step closer to a particularly significant victory in his quest to cut spending and restore fiscal order to his state, Quinnipiac released a poll that shows his approval rating has actually slipped. Apparently, winning over women isn’t exactly the governor’s forte (which, in light of recent — and totally unrelated — scandals, isn’t necessarily a negative thing). From the poll summary:

Disapproval from women drives New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie to a slightly negative 44 – 47 percent job approval rating, his lowest grade ever, but he’s doing better than most governors in other states surveyed by Quinnipiac University.

Women disapprove of the job Gov. Christie is doing 54 – 36 percent, while men approve 53 – 39 percent, a 17-point gender gap, the independent Quinnipiac University poll finds. Approval is 76 – 15 percent among Republicans and 47 – 44 percent among independent voters, while Democrats disapprove 75 – 17 percent. …

“New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie’s job approval is slightly under water, but he’s doing better than the other governors that Quinnipiac University asks about, except for New York’s Andrew Cuomo,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. …

“[V]oters like their ‘Jersey guy’ governor better as a person than they like his policies,” Carroll added. “Men like him a lot; women, not so much.”

What drives feminine disapproval of a man some want tapped for the top spot in the country? The poll director speculates it’s Christie’s education policies that have landed him in the doghouse.

“Gov. Christie is having a big problem with women, perhaps because they care more about schools and disapprove 60 – 34 percent of the way he’s handling education,” Carroll said in the summary.

The New Jersey Supreme Court recently ordered the state to spend more money on struggling public schools — a fly in Christie’s spending-cut salve for the state. The decision made little sense for a cash-strapped state — especially because increased funding is not actually correlated with an enhanced education — but New Jersey voters agree with the Supreme Court by a four-point margin, 49 percent to 45 percent. Voters would like to provide the additional school funding via other state spending cuts, but they’re also OK with higher taxes:

  • 56 – 40 percent support more tax dollars for schools in the state’s poorest districts;
  • 62 – 36 percent support more funding to improve all schools;
  • 74 – 18 percent say cut state spending rather than raise taxes to pay more for schools;
  • 65 – 29 percent support a millionaire’s tax to fund schools.

A few other notable poll findings: A large majority — 61 percent — of voters say Christie wouldn’t make a good vice president and union workers overwhelmingly disapprove of the governor’s performance (now, that’s a surprise!). That helicopter ride to watch his son play baseball? “Not a big deal,” voters say by 51 percent to 46 percent.

Polls like this one make me particularly thankful for politicians like Christie — that is, for politicians who don’t seem to care too much for evanescent popular opinion, even as they respect reality and their obligations to constituents. Christie will do what he can, with what he has, where he is to fulfill his electoral mandate, which he saw as primarily budget-related (and, indeed, New Jersey voters disapprove of the way Democrats in the state legislature have handled the budget far more than they disapprove of Christie). And he’ll brave popular disapproval to do it. For that, I say: May the cost-reducing bill the New Jersey Senate passed yesterday to require public union workers to pay more for their pensions pass the State Assembly, too — and to Christie’s acclaim!

 


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Who cares?! Do what you have to do.

Shy Guy on June 21, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Cry babies. Get a grip.

jake-the-goose on June 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

As long as his wife and Ann Coulter like him, it’s enough.

Cindy Munford on June 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Maybe it’s time to consider changing that cheap aftershave you’re always wearing, bubby.

pilamaye on June 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM

He must be doing something right then.

myrenovations on June 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

OT……

Newt’s entire financial team just quit. Bye Bye, Newt.

Now back to your regularly scheduled post.

Knucklehead on June 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Good for him…

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2011 at 12:46 PM

But Ann Coulter loves him..…oh wait….

portlandon on June 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

“Gov. Christie is having a big problem with women, perhaps because they care more about schools and disapprove 60 – 34 percent of the way he’s handling education,”

He’s also fat.

Woman are sooooooo superficial.

mankai on June 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

I don’t trust this or any other poll because I believe they are all agenda driven. Isn’t Q a democrat pollster?

CCRWM on June 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM

Knucklehead on June 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

Awesome

OmahaConservative on June 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM

OT……

Newt’s entire financial team just quit. Bye Bye, Newt.

Now back to your regularly scheduled post.

Knucklehead on June 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

He must be a real joy to work for.

Go RBNY on June 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Lourdes hardest hit.

fossten on June 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Just another argument to repeal the 19th amendment.

WashJeff on June 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Conservatives believe in pruning the tree back so it can continue to grow. Liberals say don’t touch it!, and let the thing choke itself to death.

John the Libertarian on June 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Tina –

Can you find the makeup of NJ public teachers gender? I am betting $1 US dollar that there is a direct correlation between the two.

The notion “women care more about education” is a fraud – “women who are public teachers care more about their salary than children” is more accurate.

Odie1941 on June 21, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Liberals hire a Republican, to do the bidding of liberals, then act disappointed when he does the job of a Republican? Women hardest hit by this?

My God it’s like watching another episode of STUCK ON STUPID. The Jersey Years.

capejasmine on June 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Newt’s entire financial team just quit. Bye Bye, Newt.

Now back to your regularly scheduled post.

Knucklehead on June 21, 2011 at 12:45 PM

i’m beginning to think Newt’s entire campaign is just a vehicle to promote their film.

Callista: “there’s no place in that awful town to screen my film? let’s go on a cruise instead”

Newt: “yes dear”

windansea on June 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

“Gov. Christie is having a big problem with women, perhaps because they care more about schools and disapprove 60 – 34 percent of the way he’s handling education,” Carroll said in the summary.

Tough sh*t. Plow right through it. If they “cared” about schools beyond the vapid and emotional correlation between spending money and “caring”… But they don’t, and it’s their problem not yours. In the end, you’ll be respected for what you did.

rrpjr on June 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Just another argument to repeal the 19th amendment.

WashJeff on June 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

It’s not just that. It’s the femination of everything at least the in the big cities!

Each Party has a “sex”

Dem – Female
Tea Party – Male
GOP – Metro

Oil Can on June 21, 2011 at 12:59 PM

I’m a woman, and I have no idea how other women think. They’re often incredibly petty, short-sighted and tedious.

Christie does well in many areas. Whatever it takes to get the job done, just do it. Forget about the polls, and keep moving.

Cody1991 on June 21, 2011 at 1:00 PM

Liberals hire a Republican, to do the bidding of liberals, then act disappointed when he does the job of a Republican? Women hardest hit by this?

My God it’s like watching another episode of STUCK ON STUPID. The Jersey Years.

capejasmine on June 21, 2011 at 12:57 PM

Over the years, I have penned a phrase:

“When Americans want to make money, they elect Reps. When Americans want to spend money, they elect Dems”

Jersey needs a money maker, while feigning outrage over the necessary cuts. The other irnoy in NJ – a good majority are wealthy Manhattan workers. Take a drive through Saddle River or Alpine… nothing more than limousine liberals throughout who’s net worth is the highest in the country, per capita.

Odie1941 on June 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Leadership entails doing what’s right, not what’s popular. I don’t agree with a lot of his positions on different policies…but I respect him for what he’s doing in that state.

search4truth on June 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM

Mrs. Christie opines: “Why go out & have filet mignon when you have meatloaf at home.”

BHO Jonestown on June 21, 2011 at 1:02 PM

….show your Weiner Christie!

try again later on June 21, 2011 at 1:04 PM

Women, being mothers of school-aged children, are probably getting a huuuge dose of, “We had to cut xxx program because of Hitlerchristie!1!1111ty We will have to serve gruel and water for lunch, sell your kid’s violins for firewood, and the central heating and air conditioning for scrap metal, really we will!!!” After all, gods forbid school districts let go of a single doily-counter or social worker.

Maybe when the kids go back to school in the fall, and despite the warnings from their teachers the buildings are still open and functioning, the numbers will improve.

Sekhmet on June 21, 2011 at 1:04 PM

But Ann Coulter loves him..…oh wait….

portlandon on June 21, 2011 at 12:47 PM

If only Chistie were a girl?

jake-the-goose on June 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

C. is fighting with teachers in his state, or that is, the teachers of his state are fighting with him. One group capable of rousing the estrogen crowd are the teachers

However, teachers cannot cry poor in the current economy. By definition, working teachers have jobs, with benefits, making them overpaid

In general, teachers make more than the sinking blue collar class. Their level of education does not correlate to their ability to educate their charges

Teachers unions are in the process of lowering their public image, which took generations to build. Meanwhile, they utilize the playbook of past generations in a last gasp to resist the new reality

entagor on June 21, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Snooki disapproves!
ROFLMAO!

Roy Rogers on June 21, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I don’t like one-trick ponies, either.

VerbumSap on June 21, 2011 at 1:11 PM

Most of his “smackdowns” on YouTube involve him firing at some woman. Granted – in every case it was deserved – but still the imagery of a big guy beating up on a woman is not the greatest in the world.

HondaV65 on June 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Women prefer security to liberty. The majority of teachers are women. Women don’t want to lose their jobs. Women don’t want to have to stay home and care for their children. So, women oppose cutting funding to their taxpayer funded, government-run, baby sitting service known as the public school system.

Why is this hard to understand?

j_galt on June 21, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I am WOMAN and CONSERVATIVE and Chris Christie is SMOKIN’ HOT, dude. All depends on one’s perspective….

DaBeesKnees on June 21, 2011 at 1:19 PM

Call me sexist, but I I had to guess which gender had a predilection for Spending money they don’t have to get something they want… yeah I’d have guessed this one.

Not all women by any far stretch, but given that question the difference isn’t a surprise, is it?

gekkobear on June 21, 2011 at 1:22 PM

NJ is a blue state. It’s hard to be a conservative in those instances. I really don’t think he’ll get reelected because independents in NJ are center-left. In MN, the Republicans are trying to hold on but the media is hammering them everyday, despite the fact Dayton is a literal idiot and doesn’t know how he’ll actually spend the money.

IR-MN on June 21, 2011 at 1:23 PM

The chickafication of America.

jnelchef on June 21, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Women don’t like Christie because he tells it like it is. Their emotional responses are met with vim and vigor and facts and with a direct tone.

SouthernGent on June 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

I figured the chicks would dig Chris Christie. Like Michigan’s Debbie Stabenow, there’s so much to love (or hate as the case may be).

bw222 on June 21, 2011 at 1:31 PM

i’m beginning to think Newt’s entire campaign is just a vehicle to promote their film.

Callista: “there’s no place in that awful town to screen my film? let’s go on a cruise instead”

Newt: “yes dear”

windansea on June 21, 2011 at 12:58 PM

I’ve also heard that Newt launched his campaign to gain public attention and hopefully land a well-paying leadership role with a think tank with ties to the GOP.

bw222 on June 21, 2011 at 1:35 PM

I’m sorry, he would NOT win the GOP nomination I don’t care what the Radio talkers say (or Ann Coulter).

First, he’s a die-hard Progressive.

Second, to women he comes across as a loud mouthed, fat, jerk.

Electoral doom sealed.

NEXT.

PappyD61 on June 21, 2011 at 1:36 PM

Women don’t like Christie because he tells it like it is. Their emotional responses are met with vim and vigor and facts and with a direct tone.
SouthernGent on June 21, 2011 at 1:30 PM

THE TONE…..that comes across as OVERBEARING to Women, and they do NOT like that.

PappyD61 on June 21, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Chris Christie, Sugardaddy

Not.

MNHawk on June 21, 2011 at 1:39 PM

All this shows is that people don’t know that spending more money on education doesn’t produce a better result.

John Deaux on June 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

If jobs go up and taxes go down even those stupid women might wake up.

Schadenfreude on June 21, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Most of his “smackdowns” on YouTube involve him firing at some woman. Granted – in every case it was deserved – but still the imagery of a big guy beating up on a woman is not the greatest in the world.

HondaV65 on June 21, 2011 at 1:12 PM

Though consistent for a good amount of “Jersey Wives”, namely of Sicilian decent ;)

Odie1941 on June 21, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Let’s face it. If Chris Christie (or any Republican for that matter) doesn’t offer to pay for the abortion, after the leftist guy gets done using the leftist woman, no leftist woman will want to have anything to do with them.

That’s just the way it is, until leftist men ever start learning to write a check, when they’re done having fun.

MNHawk on June 21, 2011 at 1:57 PM

WashJeff on June 21, 2011 at 12:49 PM

I’d willingly give up my vote if the nation returned to the voting system we had when it was founded–there are plenty of other people who shouldn’t be voting (evidence: 2008).

DrMagnolias on June 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Perry/Christie 2012

cdog0613 on June 21, 2011 at 2:10 PM

*shrug*

I like him.
I like him in New Jersey taking on the unions.

Fallon on June 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Gov. Christie has been in office about 16 months, lots of unions have had their ox gored, but the beneficial effects of balancing a state budget and lowering taxes take some time to make themselves felt.

What were Ronald Reagan’s approval ratings like in June 1982? Probably worse than Christie’s…but he was overwhelmingly re-elected in November 1984.

But it’s important to remember that Christie has 4 years, until November 2013. If New Jersey’s economy comes roaring back better than neighboring states by then, Christie can ask Reagan’s question: Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?

Hang in there, Gov. Christie, and let the policies work, and New Jersey get back to work.

Steve Z on June 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Who let all these women out of the kitchen to answer the phone in the fist place?

TheBlueSite on June 21, 2011 at 3:22 PM

That’s because most women are stupid and shallow…the rest of them are called Republicans.

Buttercup on June 21, 2011 at 3:46 PM

If Christie’s problem with women is education funding, his best bet is to continue hammering away at the correlation between New Jersey’s exorbitant property taxes and education costs. He also needs to keep hitting the point that young people are leaving in droves. Nobody wants their grandbabies raised in another state because the kids can’t afford to settle down close to home.

Women care about kitchen table issues. Once the dots are connected, they’ll support him.

Murf76 on June 21, 2011 at 3:59 PM

Women also don’t like Christie because he’s fat and unattractive. This man will never be president for that reason alone.

Reagan Republican on June 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

As long as his wife and Ann Coulter like him, it’s enough.

Cindy Munford on June 21, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Well said, Cindy. Well said.

Women also don’t like Christie because he’s fat and unattractive. This man will never be president for that reason alone.

Reagan Republican on June 21, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Well….conservatives IMO aren’t so enamored of appearances, at least not as much as liberals methinks. Anyway I’m a woman and I LOVE the guy. As others said above, Ann Coulter does too and IIRC she’s a hot babe (so her vote counts more ;) ).

inviolet on June 21, 2011 at 5:28 PM

All this shows is that people don’t know that spending more money on education doesn’t produce a better result.

John Deaux on June 21, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Well then we need people to be better educated. Why don’t we try spending twice as much money on educating people and see if we can’t…. why are you frowning at me?

gekkobear on June 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Gov. Christie has been in office about 16 months, lots of unions have had their ox gored, but the beneficial effects of balancing a state budget and lowering taxes take some time to make themselves felt.

What were Ronald Reagan’s approval ratings like in June 1982? Probably worse than Christie’s…but he was overwhelmingly re-elected in November 1984.

But it’s important to remember that Christie has 4 years, until November 2013. If New Jersey’s economy comes roaring back better than neighboring states by then, Christie can ask Reagan’s question: Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?

Hang in there, Gov. Christie, and let the policies work, and New Jersey get back to work.

Steve Z on June 21, 2011 at 2:41 PM

Christie’s no Reagan.

Reagan knew how to inspire people and give them hope-not bluster and berate like some grizzled union boss.

But, maybe you’re right. However, if things don’t start improving in these states where similar things are happening under the GOP PDQ then we may see the Democrats creeping into power in some of these GOP-run states. People have only so much tolerance for businesses getting tax breaks, but still aren’t hiring or paying low wages.

Interesting to note that recently Jacksonville, Florida elected a Democrat mayor…that’s pretty much unheard of for that city and Scott’s approval ratings are abysmal.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 22, 2011 at 5:46 AM