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Chris Christie Over 50% Approval Rating



Not bad, considering the current state of public mood (particularly towards politicians) in this country:
As Gov. Chris Christie stumps nationwide for Republican candidates - this week in Pennsylvania, a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll this morning shows 51% of New Jersey voters approving of the job he is doing, while 37% disapprove - Christie's best rating since early in March, before his first budget speech.

Three of five voters (60%) say the state should hold the line on spending and reduce programs in order to balance the budget, rather than raise taxes, with those voters approving of the governor (67%-23%), according to the poll. "About one in five voters (22%), say it’s better to raise taxes and continue to support state programs, and those voters emphatically disapprove of the governor (62%-26%)."

Of those who prefer spending and program cuts to taxes, 61% rate the governor as "good" or "excellent," while of those who prefer maintaining state programs and raising taxes, 80% rate the governor as “only fair” or “poor.”

“These are strong numbers for a politician who is cutting deeply into the public budget, is the target of many interest groups, and contends with a legislature controlled by the other party,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. “No wonder candidates in other states want him to campaign for them.”
I can't say that I'm surprised, given the buzz that has surrounded governor Christie of late. The real trick will be to keep those numbers up for the next year or so...

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