Poll: Chris Christie’s Favorability Rating Plummets Following Bridge Scandal

Just 29 percent of Democrats say they approve of Christie's job performance. | AP Photo
Just 29 percent of Democrats say they approve of Christie’s job performance. | AP Photo

Gov. Chris Christie’s poll numbers have been dealt a sharp blow by the George Washington Bridge scandal, with his overall favorability dropping 19 percentage points since November, according to a new poll.

The Rutgers-Eagleton survey, released Wednesday, has Christie’s most recent favorability at 46 percent, down a full 19 percentage points from the 65 percent favorability he held leading to his November reelection.

Despite the rash of negative press attention, a majority of New Jersey residents still approve of the governor’s job performance, with 53 percent saying they believe he is doing a good job as the state’s chief executive.

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But while the new poll shows that his job performance is still viewed positively by most New Jersey residents, it is difficult not to compare the new number with his 68 percent job approval rating in November, a 15-point drop in just a few months.

Christie’s nosedive in the polls has been significantly driven by changing perceptions of him among Democrats in the state, many of whom voted for him in November. Among New Jersey Democrats, Christie’s favorability dropped 26 percentage points since the scandal, falling from 45 percent in November to just 19 percent now.

Moreover, just 29 percent of Democrats say they approve of his job performance today, compared with 51 percent in November.

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