Poll: Chris Christie’s favorability rating hits an all-time high

posted at 4:06 pm on June 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

According to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll out Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s favorability rating has reached a new high, with a full 50 percent of registered New Jersey voters giving him the thumbs-up. It’s the best rating he’s had since taking office in 2010 — and I gotta’ say, it’s always refreshing when the realities of holding public office actually do something to improve a politician’s public standing.

For the first time, 50 percent of registered New Jersey voters feel favorably toward Christie – an increase of four percentage points since late March. Those with an unfavorable opinion have declined to 39 percent, while 11 percent continue to hold no opinion.

Christie’s job performance grades also have improved as voters become more favorable toward him. The governor received an A or B grade from 46 percent of respondents, up 3 points. Those grading him as D or F fell three points to 29 percent. Almost one-quarter (24 percent) continue to grade him C, which is unchanged since March.

Completing the trifecta of improved ratings, just over half now say New Jersey is going in the right direction, up four points. Meanwhile, “wrong track” responses remain steady at 40 percent, while 9 percent are unsure about how the state is doing. Half of voters also believe things have gotten neither better nor worse.

Interestingly (but perhaps not surprisingly?), it looks like men are a little more receptive to Gov. Christie’s bombastic style than the ladies of New Jersey:

Men primarily have boosted Christie’s favorability; women remain much less positive. The result is a near doubling of the gender gap since the last poll. In late March, 49 percent of men and 43 percent of women were favorable toward Christie. Now, 56 percent of men feel the same while women have barely budged to 45 percent favorable, resulting in an 11 point gap, up from 6 points just over two months ago.

Gov. Christie gave Romney a fairly early endorsement and has so far been one of his most vocal surrogates on the campaign trail, and he’s said that he’d be open to discussing the running-mate possibility. As much as this is likely a reflection of his executive skills, the fact that he’s been such an active and ardent Romney-supporter and that his approval ratings are doing so well can’t be entirely unrelated, right? Not that the solidly presidential-blue Garden State is really in play for 2012, but now that Romney is the chosen GOP nominee, his well-established support at least doesn’t seem to be hurting him.


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Best politician in America?

GOPRanknFile on June 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Being from New York and still bearing the scars from Pataki’s reign, I tend to look at the big man with a grain of RINO suspicion.

ironbill on June 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Good, NJ can keep the blustery bully. The last thing America needs is another man who believes everything he thinks is okay to shove down people’s throats. He’s far more in tune with left. I’d sooner have Nancy Pelosi -at least you can laugh at her.

Don L on June 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

julia hardest hit

t8stlikchkn on June 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

A cabinet post in the Romney administration?

aunursa on June 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Fat Man crushes Donkey.

Film at 11.

Bruno Strozek on June 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

women remain much less positive.

Much teachers

Conservative4ev on June 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

Citing the gender gap is a bit misleading. The growing gender gap is not because of any change in women’s opinion. It’s just that *men* approve of him more than they used to. Women aren’t exactly stampeding in the other direction.

Mohonri on June 12, 2012 at 4:13 PM

…WHY?

KOOLAID2 on June 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I hope he stays where he is. I don’t care for him and I definitely don’t trust him.

Rose on June 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

Best politician in America?

GOPRanknFile on June 12, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Scott Walker begs to differ.

BadgerHawk on June 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

So this is good news? Half the people in a blue state love the guy…good, but not great.

Vigilante on June 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Poll: Chris Christie’s favorability rating hits an all-time high

Everyone loves Gov. Krispy Kreme.

UltimateBob on June 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Good, NJ can keep the blustery bully. The last thing America needs is another man who believes everything he thinks is okay to shove down people’s throats. He’s far more in tune with left. I’d sooner have Nancy Pelosi -at least you can laugh at her.

Don L on June 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Not sure of trolling, or serious.

Good Lt on June 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

This party does not need a Christie VP—-I’d prefer an Alan West or Rubio.

Rovin on June 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Chris Christie got a hit to his reputation with Amazon taxes – considering my wife’s shopping habits, it would be a major financial blow – but other than that, the Fat Guy is still a hero for conservative New Jersey. He might have a squishy trait or two but those who think he’s “anti-gun” can go and perform an obscene act with a Glock barrel – there’s only so much a governor can do with thoroughly gerrymandered donk-ridden legislature without hanging half of them.

Most importantly, nothing beats the thrill of wearing a “Chris Christie 2013″ polo shirt to school board meetings. :)

Archivarix on June 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

So this is good news?

Vigilante on June 12, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Yes, it is.

Having Corzine continuing to rape the state 17 ways from Sunday for his union buddies would be preferable, wouldn’t it?

Good Lt on June 12, 2012 at 4:29 PM

there’s only so much a governor can do with thoroughly gerrymandered donk-ridden legislature without hanging half of them.

Wait go back to that “hanging half of them”. That idea intrigues me.

NoDonkey on June 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

he’s said that he’d be open to discussing the running-mate possibility

Absolutely not.

Connie on June 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

A RINO he may be, but I can’t help liking Chris Christie. He comes across as someone who speaks frankly and doesn’t spout BS.

I feel similarly about Mickey Kaus. He and I will never agree on some important issues, but I like him. He’s honest and sensible. When I read his articles, I know I’m reading the ideas of someone who has actually thought through the issue and is not just emoting about it.

If all Democrats were like Mickey Kaus, and all RINOs were like Chris Christie, the November election would be about as existentially worrying as the World Series — nice to win, but there’s always next time if we don’t.

Instead, with half of the country in thrall to progressives and Marxists, we find ourselves contemplating our possible demise as a nation.

Mary in LA on June 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Well, there’s a lot to like.

/hehe

CurtZHP on June 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

there’s only so much a governor can do with thoroughly gerrymandered donk-ridden legislature without hanging half of them.

Wait go back to that “hanging half of them”. That idea intrigues me.

NoDonkey on June 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Off with the hanging. He could sit on them – accidentally, of course.

Archivarix on June 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Scott Walker begs to differ.

BadgerHawk on June 12, 2012 at 4:21 PM

I think Scott Walker is a GREAT governor, but I was talking about just pure political skills. Walker doesn’t strike me as a politician, as much as he does an extremely competent executive. The two aren’t necessarily mutually exclusive of course. I can’t think of any politician who has the skills that Christie has…that has the ability to do this well (in terms of approval ratings) in a very blue state while moving it to the right.

GOPRanknFile on June 12, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Chris Krispy Kreme Christie is good where he is.

profitsbeard on June 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Walker/Christie, or

Christie/Walker

Schadenfreude on June 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

while 11 percent continue to hold no opinion.

Stoners.

msupertas on June 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

A RINO he may be…

Mary in LA on June 12, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Yes, and of all his RINOisms, the most disturbing is his aggressive pro-climate change stance, as late as just a few months ago.
In the face of polling that shows Republicans now reject the fear-mongering leftists on AGW (a Pew poll shows only 19% of Repubs believe in man-made global warming), it’s one thing to take a kind a non-committal stance, but Christie puts his nose up at his own party, not much different than Huntsman. We don’t want to be saddled with this climate change pushing RINO, especially in light of Romney himself’s ambiguous position on the issue. This is serious trouble.
And this issue matters, big time. Because it is central way in which the leftists justify their war on energy, and envision a de-industrialized U.S. contrary to all conservative belief. This is a touchstone issue.

“A massive campaign must be launched to de-develop the United States…” -O’s “Science” Czar John Holdren
“Isn’t the only hope for this planet the total collapse of industrial civilisation? Is it not our responsibility to ensure that this collapse happens? ” -Maurice Strong, ex UNEP Director
“It doesn’t matter what is true, it only matters what people believe is true.” -Paul Watson, Greenpeace Founder

anotherJoe on June 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Well, there’s a lot to like.

/hehe

CurtZHP on June 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Bada Boom.

msupertas on June 12, 2012 at 4:48 PM

…it looks like men are a little more receptive to Gov. Christie’s bombastic style than the ladies…

Not trying to be sexist, but…

Erika, could that be true because females typically focus on form/style/emotion rahter than message? #ducks quickly#

My anecdotal evidence is that many females (in my circle) agree with conservative principles, but don’t like the way some conservatives express themselves (ie Limbaugh, O’Reilly, Gingrich, Santorum, etc.)

Just askin’

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Good, NJ can keep the blustery bully. The last thing America needs is another man who believes everything he thinks is okay to shove down people’s throats. He’s far more in tune with left. I’d sooner have Nancy Pelosi -at least you can laugh at her.


Don L on June 12, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Not sure of trolling, or serious.

Good Lt on June 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Not a troll, Mark Levin fans. That moron, while getting everything wrong this election cycles also feeds the Anti Christie beast to these drooling sycophants. Any “Conservative” who repudiates Christie is either a Talk Show Host with a stupid red meat purity test or one of their listeners who believes that idiocy.

AYNBLAND on June 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Romney/Christie = Gilligan/Skipper!!

portlandon on June 12, 2012 at 5:02 PM

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Ummm… no. Christie is a moron when it comes to Islam.

Connie on June 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

just one wafer thin mint?

kirkill on June 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Hmmm, based upon Walker and now Christie one would gather there is something to being a bad-ass Conservative?

mitchellvii on June 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

ALL STATES ARE IN PLAY

ardenenoch on June 12, 2012 at 5:23 PM

Ummm… no. Christie is a moron when it comes to Islam.

Connie on June 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

I don’t recall my post having anything to do with Islam. But, I would just remind you of a saying I once heard…

“No one is perfect. So, no one will ever perfectly satisfy you. Not even yourself.”

I’m not perfectly satisfied with Romney. I’m not perfectly satisfied by any Republican candidate.

I will vote for Romney and whomever he picks because the potential they represent is far better than the reality of Obama and Biden.

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

How is Christie on the 2nd Amendment? I heard a while ago there could be some issues there….

kirkill on June 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Remember Sarah Palin’s favorbilty was 86%, but people said she wasn’t ready for the natl stage with less than 2 years as a gov. Match that against the current crop of likely VPs and quite a few fall away including Christie. So let’s stop talking about the folks who keep saying “Not it” like Rubio, Jeb B., Daniels, etc. and talk about real possibilities like Jindal, Inhofe, Coburn, Bolton, Gingrich, Perry.

KenInIL on June 12, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Judges are too important for someone who is “squishy” on the subject.

Rose on June 12, 2012 at 5:36 PM

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Norwegian on June 12, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I will vote for Romney and whomever he picks…

LaserBeam on June 12, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Yes, same with me, but it’s the other guy that concerns me. And it’s not that they won’t vote for Romney. But that they’ll be dejected, dispirited, and this will be seen in depressed donations $, and in Romney being an easier target for O. A overtly RINO VP choice like Christie could reverse the gains Romney has made with the conservative base.
I mention climate change as a touchstone issue where Christie has taken an strangely aggressive approach in total sync with the hard leftists. Inexplicable. And I think even Romney doesn’t understand how important climate change is to the everyday people who make up the Repub party.
Sure, there’s other issues where Christie shows his RINO nature. Climate change is just the one that is a deal-breaker for many.

anotherJoe on June 12, 2012 at 6:05 PM

anotherJoe on June 12, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Bummer! I didn’t know that. :-(

I wonder how he came to believe so steadfastly in “global warming”?

Mary in LA on June 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

To H*LL with islam-hugging Christie.
He’s got a MOUTH. (Whatsittoya?!?)
So what.
There are more than enough *REAL* Conservatives to choose from.

But we’re talking about Mittens, so……. *yawn*

Czar of Defenestration on June 12, 2012 at 6:20 PM

As much as this is likely a reflection of his executive skills, the fact that he’s been such an active and ardent Romney-supporter and that his approval ratings are doing so well can’t be entirely unrelated, right?

If anything I’d say it has more to do with the fact that folks in New Jersey are realizing now that Christie is not a conservative and his views are closer to the typical Democrat than a typical Republican.

After all of the right wing scaremongering died down and they’ve been able to see his actual policies, they realize he’s not conservative at all.

ButterflyDragon on June 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Sorry folks, but I’m about a big a fan of this guy as I am Rmoney™.

Bmore on June 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Thats great, now stay in New Jersey Rino

sadsushi on June 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Just another RINO who dislikes the 2nd amendment and did not join the fight against Obamacare!

Sandybourne on June 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

After all of the right wing scaremongering died down and they’ve been able to see his actual policies, they realize he’s not conservative at all.

ButterflyDragon on June 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Completely wrong. He may not be “conservative enough” for you, but after 4 years of Jon Corzine, he’s a breath of fresh air.

Oh yeah…this is like the first time taxes haven’t been raised in our state for years. I’ll take that. And getting tough with the teacher’s union. Yeah…I’ll take that too.

asc85 on June 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

after 4 years of Jon Corzine, he’s a breath of fresh air.

I think you proved my point.

ButterflyDragon on June 12, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Hope he isn’t the VP nominee, but ya gotta say the man is refreshing in that he doesn’t let the lamestream media push him around. Republicans could take a few lessons from him. Guess that’s why Coulter loves him so: he’s taken lessons from her. Still, Scott Walker and James Inhofe are the only ones to the right of me who’s aren’t wimps.

Christian Conservative on June 12, 2012 at 7:39 PM

Bummer! I didn’t know that. :-(
I wonder how he came to believe so steadfastly in “global warming”?
Mary in LA on June 12, 2012 at 6:07 PM

A few years ago, more than half of the Repub politicians were apparently believers in global warming… I mean climate change.

But then the Climategate emails were exposed (with the likes of Hide the Decline), and key pillars of the warmist arguments fell (the hockey stick, and the cause & effect CO2 / temperature correlation). Everyday Republican voters saw and were moved by these new developments (a Pew poll shows only 19% of Repubs now believe in man-made gwarming), but many Republican politicians, stuck in perhaps formulaic ways of thinking or acting, haven’t paid attention, or at least, they haven’t followed suit.

BUT, most Republican politicians, if they were former warmists, have repudiated their previous view, or modified their view to be more centrist, or at least been very low key about their pro-warmist views. BUT BUT not Huntsman, not Christie. Maybe Christie really believes it. Yet there’s been plenty of time, and what makes him, then, like Hunstman, so much smarter than 80% of the Republican voters?

The thing that was instrumental in changing my view was this 3 minute 2007 excerpt from The Great Global Warming Swindle, which shows algor repeating the key ipcc deception on CO2, see it, share it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg

anotherJoe on June 12, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Christie has given tangible results, not promises. Amazing how that works out.

GarandFan on June 12, 2012 at 10:47 PM