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Murphy approvals at 42%-32% in new FDU poll

1/3 of New Jerseyans don’t know who their governor is

By David Wildstein, June 17 2019 8:42 am

Gov. Phil Murphy has job approval ratings of 42%-32%, according to a poll released this morning by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

While Murphy struggles to be recognized as governor – a third of New Jersey adults can’t name him without being prompted – he remains popular among Democrats with 61%-16% approvals.

Murphy is at 39%-28% among Independents and 15%-63% among Republicans.

The FDU poll numbers are consistent with a recent Johns Hopkins University survey that says one-third of Americans can’t name their governor and 80% don’t know who represents them in the state legislature.

“It’s important to note that Governor Murphy remains under a 50 percent approval rate mainly because people don’t know him very well at all,” said Krista Jenkins, professor of government and director of the FDU poll.  “On the bright side, this means he has a lot of potential to improve his ratings. On the pessimistic side, it means he’s just not connecting with voters.”

Among those who knew Murphy’s name, his statewide approvals are at 43%-36%.

Murphy does best among non-white New Jerseyans (53%-15%) and women (43%-27%).  He’s upside-down, 35%-44% among white residents, and at 41%-37% among women.

His approvals among New Jersey residents earning more than $150,000 annually (45%-36%) and those making less than $75,000 (45%-26%) are similar.

Among the ages 18 to 34 group, just 55% were able to identify who their governor was.  Among non-white voters, it’s 57%.

Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted the poll between May 29 and June 4, with a sample size of 802 New Jersey adults and a margin of error of +/- 4%.

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