Monmouth University, the gold standard on public polls in New Jersey, will release a poll with a head-to-head matchup between Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican Jack Ciattarelli on Wednesday morning.
The poll of registered voters will also include favorability ratings for Murphy, Lt Gov. Sheila Oliver, Ciattarelli and his running mate, former State Sen. Diane Allen.
The poll will ask which candidates can be most trusted on a variety of state issues.
A Monmouth poll released in May gave Murphy a 57%-35% approval rating, with 48% saying he should be re-elected and 43% preferring someone new. The pre-primary poll did not test the two major party candidates head-to-head.
A Rutgers-Eagleton poll in May gave Murphy a 26-point lead, 52%-26% over Ciattarelli, but a June poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University one week after the GOP put the race at 48%-33%, a 15-point lead for the incumbent Democratic governor.
The Monmouth University Polling Institute is run by Patrick Murray, one of the nation’s dominant public polling experts.