December 6, 2016 - New Jersey Voters Give Christie Historic 4-1 Disapproval, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Gov Knew About Bridgegate, Voters Say 3-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New Jersey voters disapprove 77 - 19 percent of the job Gov. Christopher Christie is doing, the lowest approval rating for any governor in any state in more than 20 years of the Quinnipiac University Poll, according to results released today.

Voters say 48 - 43 percent that Gov. Christie personally ordered the "Bridgegate" traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge in 2013, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University Poll finds.

Voters also say 71 - 22 percent that Gov. Christie knew his aides were causing "Bridgegate." His potential involvement in the scandal should be investigated further, 56 percent of voters say, while 41 percent say it has been investigated enough.

Christie gets negative ratings from every party, gender, racial and age group measured, ranging from a negative 39 - 53 percent among Republicans to 9 - 90 percent among Democrats.

Looking at Christie's personal qualities, New Jersey voters say:
  • 71 - 24 percent that he is not honest and trustworthy;
  • 67 - 28 percent that he does not care about their needs and problems;
  • 51 - 46 percent that he does not have strong leadership qualities.
Garden State voters say 69 - 24 percent that President-elect Donald Trump should not offer Christie a job in his administration.

"How the mighty have fallen. Remember four years ago, when Republican leaders were pleading with New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie to run for president and he looked like a sure thing for reelection - which he was? Now the neighbors have handed him the most dubious of honors, the lowest approval rating ever measured for a governor in the states surveyed by the Quinnipiac University Poll," said Assistant Poll Director Maurice Carroll.

"The Gov's job approval numbers get worse every time anyone looks. The last time we looked, May 18, he had a 64 - 29 percent disapproval rating," Carroll added.

"This could be a long final year for Gov. Christie."

Only 3 percent of New Jersey voters give Christie an A for the job he has been doing as governor, other grades are: B - 16 percent; C - 24 percent; D - 22 percent; F - 36 percent.

"If Christie were a student, his marks would be terrible, mostly D and F," Carroll said.

President Obama, U.S. Senators, Governor's Race

New Jersey voters approve 56 - 36 percent of the job President Barack Obama is doing, his best score since a 57 - 38 percent approval in an April 24, 2013, survey shortly after his reelection.

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker gets a 56 - 25 percent approval rating, his highest score ever.

Voters approve 40 - 34 percent of the job U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is doing, his first positive score since a 46 - 33 percent rating in a January 21, 2015, Quinnipiac University poll.

In an early look at the 2017 New Jersey governor's race, with no candidates mentioned, 44 percent of voters say they will vote for the Democratic candidate and 30 percent say they will vote Republican. The unnamed Democrat leads 34 - 27 percent among independent voters.

Two possible contenders remain largely unknown as 67 percent of voters don't know enough about Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno to form an opinion of her and 85 percent don't know enough about Democrat Phil Murphy.

President-elect Donald Trump remains unpopular in New Jersey, with a negative 38 - 51 percent favorability rating.

From November 28 - December 4, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,318 New Jersey voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points. Live interviewers call landlines and cell phones.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia and the nation as a public service and for research.

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1.Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              56%    15%    90%    51%    49%    62%    52%    42%
Disapprove           36     77      6     38     42     31     42     49
DK/NA                 8      8      4     11      9      7      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              66%    60%    50%    51%    41%    53%    47%    91%    68%
Disapprove           25     32     42     44     52     40     46      4     22
DK/NA                 8      8      8      5      8      7      7      5     10
 
 
2. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Christie is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              19%    39%     9%    16%    22%    17%    16%    25%
Disapprove           77     53     90     80     74     79     80     69
DK/NA                 4      8      1      3      4      4      4      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              15%    18%    21%    19%    24%    17%    20%    15%    18%
Disapprove           83     79     75     74     72     77     75     83     80
DK/NA                 2      3      5      7      4      5      5      2      2
 
 
3. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              28%    28%    33%    26%    30%    27%    26%    30%
Disapprove           54     55     50     58     54     54     56     52
DK/NA                18     17     17     16     17     19     18     18
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              42%    23%    28%    21%    30%    26%    28%    37%    26%
Disapprove           39     61     58     56     55     53     54     50     62
DK/NA                19     16     14     22     15     20     18     14     12
 
 
4. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Cory Booker is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              56%    30%    78%    56%    49%    62%    57%    48%
Disapprove           25     49     10     25     31     20     26     33
DK/NA                18     21     12     19     19     18     17     19
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              58%    62%    55%    52%    48%    57%    53%    70%    65%
Disapprove           23     22     27     28     36     24     29     10     18
DK/NA                19     16     18     20     16     20     18     20     17
 
 
5. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              40%    30%    55%    33%    38%    42%    38%    36%
Disapprove           34     46     21     38     43     26     38     36
DK/NA                26     24     25     29     19     32     24     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Approve              36%    42%    38%    44%    32%    42%    37%    40%    55%
Disapprove           31     33     38     34     46     28     37     28     26
DK/NA                33     25     24     22     22     30     26     32     19
 
 
6. If the 2017 election for governor were being held today, do you think you would vote for the Democratic candidate or the Republican candidate?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Democratic           44%     8%    83%    34%    35%    51%    43%    31%
Republican           30     75      3     27     36     25     35     40
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       2      1      1      5      2      3      -      3
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      1      -      -      1      -      1      1      1
DK/NA                23     15     13     33     27     20     21     26
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Democratic           51%    45%    41%    41%    32%    41%    37%    64%    62%
Republican           21     31     34     34     43     33     38      5     19
SMONE ELSE(VOL)       5      1      1      1      2      1      2      4      6
WLDN'T VOTE(VOL)      -      -      1      1      1      1      1      -      -
DK/NA                24     22     23     23     23     24     23     27     13
 
 
 
7. Is your opinion of Phil Murphy favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable             9%     5%    15%     7%     9%     9%    10%     5%
Unfavorable           5      5      4      4      5      4      5      4
Hvn't hrd enough     85     89     80     87     84     85     84     89
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      2      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable             7%    13%    11%     8%     8%     7%     8%    15%    12%
Unfavorable           1      7      6      4      6      4      5      2      8
Hvn't hrd enough     90     79     83     85     85     88     87     78     79
REFUSED               2      1      1      2      1      1      1      5      -
 
 
8. Is your opinion of Kim Guadagno favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about her?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            18%    25%    10%    22%    22%    14%    22%    20%
Unfavorable          14      6     19     13     15     13     19     11
Hvn't hrd enough     67     68     70     62     63     71     58     68
REFUSED               1      -      1      2      1      2      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            15%    17%    19%    18%    24%    18%    21%     6%    17%
Unfavorable          10     17     16     13     18     13     15     20      6
Hvn't hrd enough     75     65     64     67     57     67     63     74     76
REFUSED               -      1      1      2      1      2      1      -      1
 
 
9. What letter grade would you give Chris Christie for the job he has been doing as Governor: A, B, C, D, or F?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
A                     3%     6%     -      2%     3%     2%     2%     4%
B                    16     28      6     17     18     14     16     18
C                    24     32     16     25     28     20     26     28
D                    22     18     25     21     24     20     26     21
F                    36     14     53     35     26     44     30     27
DK/NA                 1      2      -      -      1      1      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
A                     4%     2%     1%     3%     5%     1%     3%     -      -
B                    16     14     16     16     17     17     17      5     16
C                    23     22     27     20     28     26     27     15     14
D                    21     28     19     20     27     21     24     22     17
F                    33     33     36     40     22     34     28     56     53
DK/NA                 2      1      1      1      2      1      1      2      -
 
10. Is your opinion of Chris Christie favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            24%    49%    11%    21%    27%    22%    23%    30%
Unfavorable          70     47     85     73     66     73     74     65
Hvn't hrd enough      4      3      4      3      4      3      1      2
REFUSED               2      1      1      3      3      2      1      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            22%    22%    27%    24%    30%    24%    27%    16%    22%
Unfavorable          72     74     68     71     67     72     70     75     71
Hvn't hrd enough      5      3      2      2      2      2      2      9      4
REFUSED               2      2      4      2      2      2      2      -      2
 
11. Is your opinion of Donald Trump favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Favorable            38%    81%     6%    39%    49%    29%    40%    55%
Unfavorable          51     12     84     47     39     61     51     37
Hvn't hrd enough      6      3      8      7      7      6      5      4
REFUSED               5      4      2      7      5      4      4      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Favorable            29%    36%    45%    43%    56%    40%    48%     5%    25%
Unfavorable          59     52     46     49     37     51     44     76     67
Hvn't hrd enough      7      7      4      4      4      5      4     12      6
REFUSED               6      5      5      4      3      5      4      7      2
 
 
12. Would you say that Chris Christie - is honest and trustworthy or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  24%    48%    10%    21%    28%    19%    22%    32%
No                   71     46     88     74     67     76     74     62
DK/NA                 5      6      2      5      5      5      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  18%    24%    25%    27%    30%    24%    27%    12%    16%
No                   79     72     71     65     65     71     68     85     79
DK/NA                 3      4      5      8      5      5      5      3      4
 
 
13. Would you say that Chris Christie - cares about the needs and problems of people like you or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  28%    53%    12%    27%    35%    22%    31%    37%
No                   67     42     85     69     60     73     65     61
DK/NA                 4      4      3      4      4      5      5      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  28%    30%    29%    26%    40%    28%    34%    18%    17%
No                   65     67     67     71     57     68     63     80     77
DK/NA                 8      3      4      3      3      4      3      2      6
 
 
14. Would you say that Chris Christie - has strong leadership qualities or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  46%    72%    30%    45%    50%    43%    48%    51%
No                   51     25     68     54     48     54     50     46
DK/NA                 3      3      1      1      3      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  39%    45%    51%    41%    51%    48%    49%    32%    37%
No                   58     52     47     56     47     49     48     64     61
DK/NA                 4      2      2      3      2      3      2      4      2
 
 
15. Would you like to see President-elect Trump offer Governor Christie a job in his administration or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  24%    41%    15%    22%    27%    22%    22%    30%
No                   69     53     79     72     65     71     72     63
DK/NA                 7      7      6      6      7      7      6      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes                  19%    23%    27%    25%    28%    24%    26%    16%    17%
No                   79     73     65     67     65     70     68     77     78
DK/NA                 2      4      8      8      7      6      6      7      5
 
 
15a. (If yes q15) Is that more because you think it would be good for the country to have Christie serve in the Trump administration or more because you don't want Christie to continue to serve as Governor of New Jersey?
                     YES Q15.........................
                                          WHITE......
                                          COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Good for country     72%    77%    68%    75%    81%
Don't want Christie  23     22     25     22     17
DK/NA                 4      2      7      3      2
 
 
16. Would you say the overall quality of life in New Jersey is; excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent             5%     7%     4%     4%     7%     4%     7%     6%
Good                 58     59     60     58     61     56     65     54
Not so good          29     26     28     32     26     32     24     31
Poor                  7      7      7      6      6      7      3      8
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      -      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Excellent            10%     6%     3%     3%     9%     5%     7%     -      2%
Good                 64     61     58     50     60     60     60     49     63
Not so good          21     29     30     35     26     29     27     41     27
Poor                  5      4      9      9      5      6      6      9      6
DK/NA                 -      -      -      3      1      -      1      1      2
 
 
35. Thinking about the controversy surrounding the September 2013 traffic jam on the George Washington Bridge; do you believe Governor Christie personally ordered the traffic jam or not?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes/Ordered          48%    25%    66%    48%    46%    50%    42%    37%
No                   43     68     26     43     44     41     49     54
DK/NA                 9      7      7     10     10      9      9      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Yes/Ordered          63%    54%    42%    38%    40%    39%    40%    71%    72%
No                   29     39     50     49     51     51     51     22     24
DK/NA                 7      6      8     13      9      9      9      7      3
 
 
36. Do you believe Christie was aware that his aides were causing this traffic jam or do you believe his aides were acting without his knowledge?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Christie was aware   71%    52%    86%    72%    67%    74%    75%    63%
Aides acted alone    22     42     10     22     26     20     20     30
DK/NA                 7      6      4      6      7      7      5      7
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Christie was aware   72%    77%    71%    65%    67%    71%    69%    82%    76%
Aides acted alone    21     18     24     26     26     24     25     11     18
DK/NA                 7      6      4      8      7      5      6      6      5
 
 
37. Do you think Christie's potential involvement in the Bridgegate controversy has been investigated enough or do you think Christie's potential involvement in the Bridgegate controversy should be investigated more?
                                                               WHITE......
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Investigated enough  41%    69%    19%    45%    47%    36%    47%    51%
Investigated more    56     29     78     54     51     61     49     47
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      2      3      3      2
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk    Hsp
 
Investigated enough  26%    48%    44%    45%    51%    47%    49%    19%    23%
Investigated more    73     48     53     53     46     50     48     77     77
DK/NA                 1      4      3      2      3      3      3      3      1