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Murphy’s favorables, job approvals drop in 2nd term, Rutgers-Eagleton poll says

Governor has upside-down favorables for the first time since taking office in 2018

By David Wildstein, March 08 2022 1:35 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has favorables of 33%-38% in a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll released on Tuesday, the first time his favorables have been upside-down since taking office in January 2018.

Murphy has job approvals of 49%-46%, with 11% of the state giving him a grade A and 19% awarding him an F grade.  He gets a B from 28%, a C from 24%, and a D from 15%.

As Murphy prepares to deliver his budget address to a joint session of the New Jersey Legislature at 2 PM, just 28% of New Jerseyans give him an A or B grade on the state budget, while 21% fail him.

“His current job approval and favorability numbers are reminiscent of the start of his first term, marking a clear end to his pandemic-induced ratings bump as both the state and politics attempt to return to some sort of normal,” said Ashley Koning, an assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers University.

A Rutgers-Eagleton poll conducted between October 21-27 had Murphy’s approvals at 50%-39%.  He was re-elected by three points against Republican Jack Ciattarelli on November 2.

Rutgers-Eagleton polled 1,044 adults from February 25 to March 4 with a margin of error of +/- 3.5%.

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