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Monmouth Poll: Christie Gets High Marks on Ebola Policy

By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 11:12 PM

New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie gets better marks than the federal government for his handling of the Ebola virus threat – and overwhelming support for his mandatory quarantine of a Maine nurse after her return from West Africa, a new poll shows.

The Monmouth University survey, released Thursday, finds New Jersey residents approve of Christie's handling of the Ebola threat 53 percent to 27 percent.

But state residents were much less supportive of the government's crisis response, with just 37 percent approving and 46 percent disapproving, the survey shows.

"Gov. Christie has made a good read of how uneasy the public is with the seemingly uncertain response from the feds," said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. "The Ebola issue has offered him an opportunity to take on the mantle of leadership."

The poll also shows New Jersey residents approve – 67 percent to 19 percent – of placing Maine nurse Kaci Hickox in quarantine after she landed at Newark Airport last month.

Christie earned more mixed results for his decision, under pressure, to release Hickox to a home quarantine in Maine, where she ignored the quarantine – and ultimately got the backing of a judge.

Thirty-eight percent approve of Christie's decision to let Hickox go home, while 40 percent disapprove.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

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