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New Jersey likes Booker, Rutgers-Eagleton poll shows

Possible presidential candidate scores well in home state poll

By David Wildstein, October 24 2018 12:00 am

U.S. Senator Cory Booker, a possible candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, remains popular in his home state with 50-20% job approval ratings among registered New Jersey voters in a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll released on Wednesday morning.

Booker has favorables of 44%-27% among registered voters and 50%-39% among likely voters.

Among Independent likely voters, Booker’s approvals are at 49%-45%.  He’s at 87%-6% among Democrats and upside-down, 7%-87% among Republicans.

Booker has a 45%-43% favorable rating among Independents.  His favorables are at 83%-6% with Democrats and 6%-84% among Republicans.

In a May Rutgers-Eagleton poll, his job approval was 52%-27%.  His favorables were at 46%-25%.

Booker’s popularity in New Jersey doesn’t necessarily transfer to his fellow Democratic Senator, Bob Menendez.

The poll shows that three out of ten Booker supporters view Menendez unfavorably, and one in five plan to vote for someone other than Menendez for Senate on November 6.

Booker has been campaigning heavily for Menendez, and signs in urban areas of the state, where Menendez needs a strong Democratic turnout, are featuring images of Booker and former President Barack Obama.

On Monday, the State Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would allow Booker to run for president or vice president while simultaneously seeking re-election to the United States Senate.

Results are from a statewide poll of 1,006 adults contacted by live callers on landlines and cell phones from Oct. 12-19. The poll contains a subsample of 896 registered voters and 496 likely voters. The entire sample has a margin of error of +/-3.6%; the registered voter subsample has a margin of error of +/-3.8 percentage points, and the likely voter subsample has a margin of error of +/-5.1 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.

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