Governor Chris Christie’s approval rating reached an all-time high after he turned away from a presidential bid as 84 percent of New Jersey registered voters said he did the right thing, according to Quinnipiac University.
Almost three-fifths, or 58 percent, of those surveyed said they approved of Christie’s job-handling, a poll released today by the Hamden, Connecticut-based school shows. That’s up from 47 percent in August, as speculation built that he’d enter the Republican field to challenge President Barack Obama.
“There’s nothing like some national attention to get the folks back home to appreciate you a little more,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the university’s Polling Institute. “We don’t know if it’s cause and effect, but Christie’s approval rating, especially among women, is way up.”
Christie, 49, won a positive job-approval rating from more than half of women in a Quinnipiac poll for the first time since taking office in January 2010. The governor yesterday endorsed Mitt Romney to be his party’s nominee against Obama next year. Christie on Oct. 4 put an end to speculation that he might enter the race after party leaders and financial backers called on the governor to reconsider a year of denials that he would run.
The number of women who approved of Christie’s job performance climbed to 51 percent from 37 percent in August, the poll showed. Among men, 65 percent approved compared with 58 percent in August, when 36 percent disapproved. The governor’s disapproval numbers fell to 44 percent for women surveyed, down from 55 percent in August, and 32 percent among men.
Those tallied also said by an overwhelming majority that Christie made “the right decision” in spurning a White House run. Just 10 percent said that was the wrong move. Yet 73 percent said the governor has a political future outside New Jersey.
Reflecting on the media attention Christie drew as he reconsidered, 60 percent of respondents said it was good for the state. Jokes about the governor’s girth “are in bad taste,” according to 71 percent of those surveyed. Just 20 percent said they were funny.
Pollsters questioned 1,186 registered voters by telephone from Oct. 5-10. The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.
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