Poll: Percentage of New Jerseyans who see Christie as a ‘bully’…drops
posted at 11:39 am on January 15, 2014 by Guy Benson
The early poll results are in, and it appears that Chris Christie is weathering the Bridgegate storm. Allahpundit dissected the Pew (only 16 percent view the governor less favorably because of the scandal) and Monmouth (59 percent job approval) numbers yesterday; now Quinnipiac is out with its own fresh survey of New Jersey voters. The Q-poll reveals a slight erosion in Christie’s support, though he’s still firmly right-side-up at (55/38). Most of that down-tick in support is attributable to a significant sour swing among registered Democrats. Several additional questions help explain why his overall approval rating remains so robust after nearly a week of intensely negative media coverage:
Some 93 percent of all New Jersey voters have read or heard something about the controversy surrounding the September traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge. Voters in that group say 66 – 22 that the governor did not personally order the traffic jam. Even Democrats say 53 – 32 percent that Christie was not involved…Christie is more of a leader than a bully, voters say 54 – 40 percent today, one of his lowest “bully” scores since the Quinnipiac University poll first asked the question June 17, 2010. Gov. Christie gets positive marks on key characteristics: Voters say 51 – 41 percent that he is honest and trustworthy; 74 – 23 percent that he is a strong leader and 55 – 41 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.
Hardest hit? MSNBC. As I wrote at Townhall, Christie’s handling of the controversy has been pretty strong — with one large caveat firmly in place: If evidence emerges that he’s not telling the truth, he’s through. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats — that’s United States, not New Jersey, Senate Democrats — are looking for an angle to join the Christie pile-on. Priorities!