U.S. Senator Bob Menendez leads Republican Bob Hugin by 12 points, 51%-39% in a new Stockton University poll released this afternoon.
Libertarian Murray Sabrin received 3%, with 6% backing another independent candidate.
An October 1 Stockton poll had Menendez ahead by just two points. The methodology of that poll was heavily criticized by a rival pollster.
The Stockton poll resembles the Monmouth University poll from October 18 that has Menendez ahead by 9-12 points, depending on the turnout model.
Menendez has a 15-point lead among women. Menendez has a small lead among men is tied with Hugin among white voters.
President Donald Trump has an upside-down 37%-52% approval rating. By a 55%-37% margin, New Jerseyans want a senator who will oppose Trump.
“Even though his name is not on the ballot, President Trump’s presence appears to be at the top of the ticket in New Jersey,” said Michael W. Klein, interim executive director of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy. “Our poll indicates that New Jersey’s voters oppose the president, and the best way to express that opposition at the ballot box is to re-elect Senator Menendez, despite any misgivings they might have about the senator himself.”
Both candidates have upside-down favorables: Menendez is at 23%-44%, while Hugin is at 2%%-34%.
The Stockton Polling Institute of the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at Stockton University interviewed 598 adult residents of New Jersey who were screened as likely voters. Live interviewers called landline and cell telephones Oct. 25-31, 2018. The poll’s margin of error is +/- 4.0%.2018-1102-statewide-poll-2-wfs