New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is losing approval in his own state, all while trying to convince the rest of America to approve of him. A Fairleigh Dickinson PublicMind poll released Tuesday shows his approval rating has dipped to a meager 30 percent.
A 30 percent approval rating is below what is expected of presidential hopefuls in their own state. What’s worse is that 55 percent of his constituents disapprove of the job he is doing. These numbers are down from the last FDU, conducted in April, where he had an approval rating of 36 percent and a disapproval rating of 50 percent.
“The good news is that none of his potential presidential opponents have emerged with a decisive lead yet. The bad news is that he is the governor in a state where a sizable majority give a thumbs down to his leadership,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of political science and director of PublicMind.
Fellow Republican presidential hopeful Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana has similar disapproval numbers in his state.
While 41 percent of voters say their opinion of Christie has remain unchanged, 42 percent say they like him less than when he first took office. Christie fares a little better with Republican voters in his state with only 38 percent saying they like him less.
The New Jersey state legislature did not fare any better in the poll. Only 24 percent of voters approved of the job of the state lawmakers, with 44 percent disapproving.
The poll, conducted June 15-21, surveyed 792 registered voters with an overall margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.7 percentage points.[Politico]