New Jersey voters like U.S. Sen. Cory Booker more than any other politician in the state, but they don’t want want him to run for president.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found voters in the state viewed Booker favorably, 56%-31%, down slightly from a Quinnipiac poll in March that pegged his approval at 56% but still higher than the approval for any other New Jersey politician. Booker’s disapproval rating did not change between the two polls.
But, despite his popularity among New Jersey voters, only 37% of the 908 registered voters polled said they thought Booker should run for president in 2020, while 51% he should not.
Those figures fall behind those voters gave former Gov. Chris Christie when he was mulling his then-hypothetical presidential run in 2015. At the time, 41% of voters said that Christie should run, while 52% said he should not.
While that may be the case, most New Jersey Democrats would like to see Booker run. Among that group, 53% said Booker should run, while 35% thought he should steer clear.
It’s not exactly clear why voters would prefer Booker not run, but it might help the state’s junior senator make up his mind in 2020, when he has to decide whether to seek reelection or take a shot at higher office.