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U.S. Sens. Bob Menendez, left, and Cory Booker in 2018.

New Poll: Booker approvals at 52%-27%, Menendez at 33%-37%

By David Wildstein, May 17 2018 12:36 am

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is New Jersey’s most popular public official with a 52%-27% job approval rating while U.S. Senator Bob Menendez is at 33%-37%, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released today.

Booker’s favorables are at 46%-25% and Menendez is at 22%-35%.

Among Democrats, Booker’s approvals are at 70%-11%.  He’s at 50%-26% among Independents and 24%-58% among Republicans.  He does well among every demographic.

Menendez’s approvals are at 39%-26% among Democrats, 30%-42% among Independents, and 30%-48% among Republicans.  He’s at 32%-45% among men and 33%-20% among women; white voters give Menendez a 31%-43% approval rating and he’s at 37%-29% among non-whites.

“Menendez’s ratings have never reached the height of Booker’s, and a large number continue to be almost as ambivalent toward the senior senator as when he first took office in 2006,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.  “Time will tell how these lackluster ratings play out for Menendez in his reelection year, where he may face a well-financed challenger in pharmaceutical executive Bob Hugin.”

Results are from a statewide poll of 704 adults contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from April 26 to May 4, 2018. The sample has a margin of error of +/-4.3 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.

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