Qunnipiac Poll: ‘Christie is doing better with the public than with the news media’

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 at 7:46 am

Despite unprecedented saturation coverage for a local issue, the Chris Christie “scandal” isn’t quite resonating with New Jersey voters as much as the hapless liberal media was hoping for.

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is more of a leader than a bully, voters say 54 – 40 percent today, one of his lowest “bully” scores since the Quinnipiac University poll first asked the question June 17, 2010.

Gov. Christie gets positive marks on key characteristics: Voters say 51 – 41 percent that he is honest and trustworthy; 74 – 23 percent that he is a strong leader and 55 – 41 percent that he cares about their needs and problems.

Today’s results show more leader and less bully than the 50 – 45 percent results in a July 17, 2012, survey by the independent Quinnipiac  University.

Today, men say 53 – 42 percent that Christie is more of a leader than a bully and women agree 55 – 39 percent. Opting for “leader” are Republicans 78 – 17 percent and independent voters 55 – 40 percent. Democrats say 56 – 37 percent that the governor is more of a bully.

Gee, there’s a stunner. A majority of Democrats don’t like him. Imagine that.

New Jersey voters approve 55 – 38 percent of the job Gov. Christie is doing, down from his all-time high 74 – 22 percent February 20, 2013. Women approve 55 – 37 percent while men approve 54 – 39 percent. Approval among Democrats drops from 56 – 38 percent last February to a negative 36 – 55 percent today.

New Jersey Gov. Christopher Christie is doing better with the public than with the news media. His job approval has dropped from the stratosphere, but it’s still double-digit positive, pretty much where he was before his Superstorm Sandy hug with President Barack Obama,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

“We stopped asking that ‘bully’ question 18 months ago. But we tried it again and, even with all the ‘Bridgegate’ stories, he still scores higher as a leader than as a bully. Except with Democrats. More than half of them still say ‘bully’ – and not in a good way.”

Strange how the media never polls about how Obama or Mrs. Clinton act like bullies, especially when the latter has a hit list with traitors ranked on it. Clearly the media’s efforts the past week are part of a campaign to clear the field for her in 2016. That’s quite obvious. Now despite these poll results, the media is already reporting it as Christie’s ratings are tumbling, without actually digging into the results.

“If Gov. Christie ordered or knew about the deliberate mess at the bridge, 24 percent of Republicans think he should be fired and another 26 percent say he should be fired and prosecuted,” Carroll said.

But most New Jerseyans – even most Democrats – doubt that the Governor was personally involved.

MSNBC nonentity Chris Hayes hardest hit.

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