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Poll: Percentage of New Jerseyans who see Christie as a ‘bully’…drops

posted at 11:39 am on January 15, 2014 by

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!

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Poll: Percentage of New Jerseyans who see Christie as a ‘bully’…drops

…they probably think he’s thin too!

KOOLAID2 on January 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Msdnc still plugging along with their Christie gate…..


cmsinaz on January 15, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Dude it’s Jersey. I dont even think people here care if he was involved so long as nobody can prove it.

Dash on January 15, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Its a blue state, so its no wonder that these people are masochists through and through…

Valkyriepundit on January 15, 2014 at 1:03 PM

So, Joisy voters are banding together to protect from ‘outsiders’ the one they voted for. What else is new – that’s human nature!
Now, show me if his national support for a possible presidential run is changing. That’s what’s important.

Marcola on January 16, 2014 at 12:18 PM