May 18, 2016 - New Jersey Disapproves Of Gov. Christie 2-1, Lowest Ever, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; He Should Not Be Trump's Running Mate, Voters Say 4-1 Quinnipiac University Polling Logo
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New Jersey voters disapprove 64 - 29 percent of the job Gov. Christopher Christie is doing, his lowest approval rating ever and the worst approval rating in six years for any governor in the nine states surveyed by Quinnipiac University, according to a poll released today.

Gov. Christie's lowest approval score before today was a 56 - 38 percent disapproval in an April 20, 2015, survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University.

Today, Republicans approve by a lackluster 59 - 34 percent, while disapproval is 86 - 9 percent among Democrats and 66 - 26 percent among independent voters. In fact, Republicans are the only party, gender, age or racial group listed to give Christie a positive score.

New Jersey voters say 72 - 18 percent that likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump should not pick Christie as his running mate. Even Republicans say no 64 - 27 percent.

"Gov. Christopher Christie is in Trenton until the end of 2017, if he wants to be, holding what is constitutionally one of the strongest governor's seats in the nation. But New Jersey voters give Christie abysmal job-approval numbers. Even a third of his fellow Republicans disapprove," said Quinnipiac University Poll Assistant Director Maurice Carroll.

"Christie-for-President was a flop and, as far as the local folks are concerned, so is Christie-for-Vice President. Forget local pride, New Jersey voters say overwhelmingly; they don't want their Gov on a Trump ticket."

"It's a drastic decline in popularity for a governor who once looked like a strong choice for president," Carroll added.

New Jersey voters approve 49 - 25 percent of the job Sen. Cory Booker is doing, but disapprove 40 - 34 percent of the job Sen. Robert Menendez is doing.

President Barack Obama gets a 53 - 44 percent job approval rating.

Gas and Death Taxes

New Jersey voters oppose 54 - 42 percent increasing the state's gas tax to pay for road and mass transit improvements.

Voters are divided on reducing the so-called death tax, the tax paid on an inheritance when someone dies: 49 percent support a reduction, with 45 percent opposed.

And voters oppose 52 - 36 percent reducing the inheritance tax if this cut were linked to an increase in the gas tax.

"Lawmakers in Trenton are looking at a Transportation Trust Fund that is running on empty, but Garden State voters just don't want to increase the gas tax, even if a gas tax hike were linked to a death tax reduction," Carroll said.

"Voters are thinking, 'I know I'm driving today. Who knows what I'll inherit down the road?'"

From May 10 - 16, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,989 New Jersey voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines 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 and the nation as a public service and for research.

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7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Chris Christie is handling his job as Governor?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              29%    59%     9%    26%    33%    25%    27%    31%
Disapprove           64     34     86     66     61     66     67     61
DK/NA                 7      7      6      8      6      9      5      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              28%    27%    28%    32%    38%    28%    33%     9%
Disapprove           60     68     68     60     56     63     60     86
DK/NA                12      5      5      8      5      8      7      5
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the state legislature is handling its job?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              27%    30%    25%    25%    27%    27%    26%    28%
Disapprove           53     53     51     55     55     50     56     50
DK/NA                20     17     24     20     18     23     18     22
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              36%    27%    22%    24%    28%    27%    27%    20%
Disapprove           38     53     64     55     58     51     54     55
DK/NA                26     20     15     21     14     22     18     25
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Cory Booker is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              49%    28%    68%    50%    46%    53%    55%    45%
Disapprove           25     44      9     23     31     18     26     24
DK/NA                26     28     22     27     23     28     20     31
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              53%    49%    51%    48%    43%    51%    47%    69%
Disapprove           21     24     26     26     35     21     28     11
DK/NA                26     27     23     26     22     28     25     20
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Robert Menendez is handling his job as United States Senator?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              34%    22%    44%    36%    34%    34%    34%    34%
Disapprove           40     56     27     40     45     36     42     38
DK/NA                26     22     28     24     21     30     24     28
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              38%    32%    33%    37%    29%    31%    30%    49%
Disapprove           31     42     45     38     51     40     45     27
DK/NA                31     25     23     24     20     29     25     24
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Approve              53%    11%    89%    53%    49%    57%    57%    51%
Disapprove           44     87      9     44     49     40     41     47
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      2      3      3      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              66%    52%    54%    44%    38%    48%    43%    91%
Disapprove           34     46     42     53     61     50     55      5
DK/NA                 1      3      4      3      1      3      2      4
 
 
12. Would you like to see Donald Trump choose Chris Christie to be his Vice Presidential running mate or not?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Yes                  18%    27%    12%    18%    18%    18%    19%    17%
No                   72     64     75     74     71     72     71     72
DK/NA                10      9     13      8     10     10     11     10
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  19%    17%    19%    19%    21%    19%    20%    11%
No                   77     74     72     66     70     73     72     75
DK/NA                 5      9      9     15      9      8      8     14
 
 
13. In general, how satisfied are you with the way things are going in New Jersey today; are you very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied, or very dissatisfied?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Very satisfied        2%     4%     1%     1%     2%     2%     2%     3%
Smwht satisfied      32     46     28     27     33     32     30     34
Smwht dissatisfied   37     32     38     41     38     35     40     33
Very dissatisfied    28     17     31     31     26     30     27     29
DK/NA                 1      1      1      -      1      1      1      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very satisfied        2%     3%     1%     3%     3%     3%     3%     1%
Smwht satisfied      38     32     26     35     34     33     34     22
Smwht dissatisfied   38     38     38     33     35     38     36     35
Very dissatisfied    20     27     34     28     27     25     26     41
DK/NA                 2      -      1      1      1      1      1      1
 
 
14. Would you describe the state of New Jersey's economy these days as excellent, good, not so good, or poor?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Excellent             1%     2%     1%     1%     2%     1%     1%     1%
Good                 33     41     30     29     35     31     34     33
Not so good          44     42     46     48     43     45     45     44
Poor                 19     14     21     20     19     20     19     20
DK/NA                 2      2      2      2      2      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Excellent             2%     2%     1%     -      2%     -      1%     -
Good                 44     33     28     27     36     33     34     30
Not so good          40     41     46     51     43     48     46     39
Poor                 10     21     24     19     17     17     17     28
DK/NA                 5      2      1      2      2      2      2      3
 
 
15. Do you think New Jersey's economy is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Better               11%    12%    12%     9%    14%     8%    11%    11%
Worse                28     21     30     29     25     31     29     28
The same             58     64     57     59     59     57     59     57
DK/NA                 3      3      1      3      2      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Better               17%    12%     9%     7%    14%    10%    12%    11%
Worse                26     27     33     26     23     27     25     42
The same             53     59     58     63     61     59     60     45
DK/NA                 4      3      -      3      2      4      3      1
 
 
16. To help finance road improvements and mass transportation, would you support or oppose an increase in the gasoline tax?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              42%    32%    54%    41%    44%    41%    46%    39%
Oppose               54     66     43     56     53     55     51     57
DK/NA                 3      2      3      3      2      4      2      4
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              43%    40%    41%    47%    47%    44%    45%    35%
Oppose               54     56     57     48     52     52     52     61
DK/NA                 3      4      2      5      1      5      3      4
 
 
17. Do you support or oppose reducing the so-called death tax, the tax people pay on an inheritance when someone dies?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              49%    53%    44%    50%    50%    49%    54%    45%
Oppose               45     44     47     46     47     43     40     50
DK/NA                 6      3      9      4      3      8      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              50%    52%    51%    46%    53%    56%    55%    35%
Oppose               47     43     44     45     44     38     41     51
DK/NA                 3      5      5      9      2      6      4     14
 
 
18. Would you support or oppose reducing the inheritance tax if this cut were linked to an increase in the gasoline tax?
                                                               COLLEGE DEG
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Yes    No
 
Support              36%    32%    38%    39%    38%    35%    37%    36%
Oppose               52     59     50     49     55     50     54     51
DK/NA                11      9     12     11      7     15      9     13
 
                     AGE IN YRS..............    WHITE.....
                     18-34  35-49  50-64  65+    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              45%    36%    31%    35%    38%    36%    37%    32%
Oppose               48     54     60     48     56     49     52     56
DK/NA                 7     11      9     17      6     15     11     11
 
 

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