Q-poll shows Menendez cratering on approval in NJ

posted at 10:01 am on February 21, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Those darned right-wing blogs!  In case no one knew it before, today’s poll from Quinnipiac demonstrates that allegations of corruption and use of prostitution still matters in politics, even in New Jersey. In a month, Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) has gone from a 51-33 approval rating to 36/41, a 23-point drop in the gap:

New Jersey voters disapprove 41 – 36 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is doing, a 15-point drop in less than a month, and say 44 – 28 percent that he is not honest and trustworthy, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Today’s approval rating is down from a 51 – 33 percent score in a January 23 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University and is his lowest score since August, 2011 when he had a negative 39 – 42 percent approval rating.

Democrats approve of Sen. Menendez 58 – 19 percent, while disapproval is 63 – 18 percent among Republicans and 45 – 31 percent among independent voters. Women approve 40 – 32 percent, while men disapprove 51 – 31 percent.

The scandal didn’t first come to light after January 23. The Daily Caller started reporting in October on Menendez’ connections to Salomon Melgen, his interventions on Melgen’s behalf, and allegations of prostitution, and Menendez still won a double-digit victory over Joe Kyrillos in the November election.  The difference between then and now is that the mainstream media finally picked up on the Menendez story.

Even so, women in New Jersey still see him favorably, albeit weakly so at 40/32.  I would have expected that to look much different, especially with the FBI now looking into the prostitution allegations.  A few weeks ago, Menendez and Harry Reid brushed those off as a fantasy from “right-wing blogs,” but 67% of respondents in this poll say that the relationship between Menendez and Melgen needs to be investigated.

Quinnipiac has bad news for the Great Republican Hope in the race for the other Senate seat:

Rivera gets a negative 20 – 39 percent favorability. Republicans have a 34 – 25 percent favorable opinion, the only group with a positive opinion of Rivera.

“If TV personality Geraldo Rivera is just testing the water for a U.S. Senate run in New Jersey, he might find that the water is colder than the Atlantic Ocean in February,” Carroll said.

Rivera might do better to wait for Menendez to resign, and run in a special election.  He won’t stand a chance against Cory Booker for Lautenberg’s seat; Booker beats him head to head 59/23.  In a special election, Geraldo’s name recognition could crowd out a field of relative unknowns and produce a surprise win.


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Q-poll shows Menendez cratering on approval in NJ


Damn that right wing conspiracy!!!!!

Baxter Greene on February 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

The Working Girls Union (WGU) has thrown their full support behind Menendez.

darwin on February 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

The Working Girls Union (WGU) has thrown their full support behind Menendez.

darwin on February 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

uhhh…..I thought he was the one “working” behind them?????

Baxter Greene on February 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Even so, women in New Jersey still see him favorably, albeit weakly so at 40/32.

So the war on women meme doesnt apply when you have a D after your name? Who would have thunk. They really are 100% party ID, 0% principle..

hillsoftx on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

The Working Girls Union (WGU) has thrown their full support behind Menendez.

darwin on February 21, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Even though he shipped jobs overseas?

Liam on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

In New Jersey it’s hard to chose when your choices are guys like Menendez and Krillos and Rivera.

katiejane on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Q-poll shows Menendez cratering on approval in NJ

Oh please. Next you are going to try to suggest that anyone in New Jersey has morals or ethics.

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Why should Menendez get out? Unless the GOP puts up Chris Christie, NJ will re-elect him in a walk. He could snort coke from the stairs of the capitol building with 3 underage sex slave hookers from Uganda, and the NJ Dem drones would still send him back to Washington.

DRayRaven on February 21, 2013 at 10:19 AM

No way could I live in New Jersey.

DanMan on February 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

So the war on women meme doesnt apply when you have a D after your name? Who would have thunk. They really are 100% party ID, 0% principle..

hillsoftx on February 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Yep. Male disapproval is 11% higher than the women for a guy who allegedly exploited underage girls. It reminds me of the prosecution’s fundamental error in jury selection in the OJ case. Female jurors were not more inclined to sympathize with the female victim.

forest on February 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

Q-poll shows Menendez
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Is that a brand-name of a Stripper Under-Age Pole,
jus say’n!!

canopfor on February 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Nothing will bedone about it. Democrats don’t resign.

COgirl on February 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

And strangely enough,Menendez,will probably get votes,
that are higher,than what they should be,from various
polling stations down the road!

canopfor on February 21, 2013 at 10:25 AM

uhhh…..I thought he was the one “working” behind them?????

Baxter Greene on February 21, 2013 at 10:05 AM

Or above or below.

bw222 on February 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

By the time anything comes of this Jessie Jr will be out, moving to NJ and throwing his hat in the ring.

docflash on February 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Oh please. Next you are going to try to suggest that anyone in New Jersey has morals or ethics.

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Well, can’t say for the whole state, but I sure don’t. Democrats can run a polka dotted kangaroo, and if it has NJEA’s support, it will win by a double digit margin. Chris Christie is a unique exception, but we here have a soft spot for successful bullies.

Archivarix on February 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

In New Jersey it’s hard to chose when your choices are guys like Menendez and Krillos and Rivera.

katiejane on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

For me, the choice would be simple and come down to two options….

Mayflower or United Van Lines.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2013 at 10:31 AM

No way could I live in New Jersey.

DanMan on February 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM

You have something against the Garden Garbage State?

bw222 on February 21, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Nothing will bedone about it. Democrats don’t resign.

COgirl on February 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

True, you have to have morals and ethics before resigning in disgrace is even a possibility. The only morals or ethics that Democrats have are “The end Justifies the Means”.

From the Democrat Rule book on Morals and Ethic’s (Also known as Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals)

2. Of Means and Ends [Forget moral or ethical considerations]

“The end is what you want, the means is how you get it. Whenever we think about social change, the question of means and ends arises. The man of action views the issue of means and ends in pragmatic and strategic terms. He has no other problem; he thinks only of his actual resources and the possibilities of various choices of action. He asks of ends only whether they are achievable and worth the cost; of means, only whether they will work. … The real arena is corrupt and bloody.” p.24

“The means-and-ends moralists, constantly obsessed with the ethics of the means used by the Have-Nots against the Haves, should search themselves as to their real political position. In fact, they are passive — but real — allies of the Haves…. The most unethical of all means is the non-use of any means… The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be….” pp.25-26

“The third rule of ethics of means and ends is that in war the end justifies almost any means….” p.29

“The seventh rule… is that generally success or failure is a mighty determinant of ethics….” p.34

“The tenth rule… is you do what you can with what you have and clothe it with moral garments…. It involves sifting the multiple factors which combine in creating the circumstances at any given time… Who, and how many will support the action?… If weapons are needed, then are appropriate d weapons available? Availability of means determines whether you will be underground or above ground; whether you will move quickly or slowly…” p.36

SWalker on February 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

In New Jersey it’s hard to chose when your choices are guys like Menendez and Krillos and Rivera.

katiejane on February 21, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Oh c’mon, Kyrillos isn’t that bad, just pathetic, and has about 25% name recognition inside the state. Heck, I have Tea Party Republicans in my town who never heard his name outside November 2012 ballot.

Archivarix on February 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Nothing will bedone about it. Democrats don’t resign.

COgirl on February 21, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Not entirely true. NJ lost a governor over preferential treatment he gave his boyfriend. NJ lost a Senator to fincancial misconduct. Neighboring NY lost a Congressman to his creepy hobby of sending pictures of his crotch to teen-aged girls. Jesse Jackson Junior resigned in the wake of his crimes.

But something as tame as protecting a key contributor, screwing teenagers in another country or hiring illegals to work in your Capitol Hill office? Menendez is golden. He’s got nearly six years before the idiots of NJ get another shot at putting a candidate with some integrity into the position. It is only an outside shot that he’ll be in prison before the next election. It took all of seven years to get William Jefferson behind bars and his crimes were clearer than those of Menendez.

Happy Nomad on February 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM

NJ thinks bob is not honest or trustworthy? How about a pedophile? Anybody in NJ OK with bob alone with their daughter?

StevC on February 21, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Bobby Redlight Menendez is over in Afghanistan as we speak on a congressional mission….why?

Wait for it….

He’s discussing corruption with Pres Hamid Karzai.

You can’t make this sh!t up. Fiction couldn’t be as interesting.

NJ Red on February 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

He must be re-elected…think of the underage girls that would become unemployed.

trs on February 21, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Women approve 40 – 32 percent

Isn’t that always the case with women, clinging to an abusive man who promises to be a good sugar daddy?

Maybe Menendez would be a perfect candidate to carry on the War on Women meme. Dingbat Democrat women deserve nothing better.

MNHawk on February 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Won’t be long before Menendez gets the “Ft Marcy Park” talk from the democrat establishment like Torriceli did.

wildcat72 on February 21, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Menendez talking points “Hola nina! Quiere vd. un caramelito.?” “Hi little girl. Want some candy?”

Can’t a US Senator sexually molest 13-year old girls without having his privacy invaded by snoopy Republicans? Next, they’ll start complaining when we bugger 13 year old boys!!!

MaiDee on February 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM

The Captain Renault Award goes to… The State of New Jersey!

They are shocked (SHOCKED!!!) to find out that Bob Menendez is a crook!

Haiku Guy on February 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Time for another tax payer funded junket on a private jet to go bang some pre-teen foriegn hookers.

Good public relations work from the chair of the senate foreign relations committee.

acyl72 on February 21, 2013 at 1:39 PM

He’s discussing corruption with Pres Hamid Karzai.

NJ Red on February 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

It’s called continuing education.

Barnestormer on February 21, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Rivera might do better to wait for Menendez to resign, and run in a special election.

Rivera would do better to run as a Democrat, it’s a much more comfortable fit for him.

RJL on February 21, 2013 at 4:45 PM

…it’s time for MendendezPhones!

KOOLAID2 on February 21, 2013 at 7:08 PM