A deep dive into where New Jersey millennials are in the Quinnipiac University poll released today:
1. In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Bob Menendez has a 25-point lead among millennials, 47%-22%. That lead comes despite upside-down 28%-31% favorable, and is boosted by job approvals of 46%-33%. 37% of millennials say that Menendez was involved in serious wrongdoing despite the dismissal of charges against him, and 12% believe he wasn’t involved. Nearly half (48%) haven’t heard enough about it.
2. Republican Bob Hugin is upside-down, 7%-19%, with 72% of millennials – the ones who don’t watch television in real time and skip through the TV ads – don’t know who he is.
3. Gov. Phil Murphy has whopping 71%-19% approval rating among millennials. That’s better than U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (58%-22%).
4. New Jersey millennials can’t stand Donald Trump: 17% approve and 76% disapprove of his performance as president. But millennials are split about wanting Booker to run against him: 47% say he should, 44% don’t want him to run in two years.
5. Millennials like Steve Sweeney and Craig Coughlin, even if they’ve probably never heard of them: they give the New Jersey Legislature a generic 44%-35% approval rating, different than the upside-down 35%-42% they get in the statewide poll.
6. What letter grade to millennials give Murphy on his handling of mass transit issues, aka New Jersey Transit? A- 2%; B- 42%; C- 23%, D-7%, F- 10%.
7. Millennials say ethics in government is there number one issue (30%), followed by taxes (20%), health care (19%), immigration (14%) and the economy (14%). 62% of millennials are satisfied with the way things are going in New Jersey – 6% very satisfied and 56% somewhat satisfied – and 36% are dissatisfied – 26% somewhat and 10% very.
8. What letter grade to millennials give Murphy on his handling of mass transit issues, aka New Jersey Transit? A- 2%; B- 42%; C- 23%, D-7%, F- 10%.
9. Stop the presses on this one: 90% of millennials support allowing adults to legally possess small amounts of marijuana for personal use. 81% back a plan to erase criminal records for possession of marijuana, and 81% say they would support the sale of marijuana in their community.