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Gov. Phil Murphy. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Murphy approvals continue to skyrocket, Quinnipiac poll shows

By David Wildstein, May 06 2020 3:01 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has a 68%-23% approval rating, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

His handling of the coronavirus earned him a 78%-18% approval rating.

The Quinnipiac poll puts Murphy’s approvals at 88%-6% among Democrats, 67%-20% among independents, and 45%-46% among Republicans.  He’s at 63%-26% among men and 72%-19%  among women.

Murphy gets 62%-25% approvals in South Jersey, 67%-23% in Central Jersey, and 72%-21% in North Jersey.

On his handling of the COVID-19 crisis, Murphy gets approvals of 92%-5% among Democrats, 82%-16% among independents, and 57%-34% among Republicans.

The poll also tested two other governors in their states, Andrew Cuomo of New York and Ned Lamont of Connecticut.

New Yorkers give Cuomo a 72%-24% approval rating, with 81%-17% saying he’s handled the pandemic well.  In Connecticut, Lamont is at 65-26%, with 78%-17% approving of how he’s dealt with COVID-19.

“A crisis rockets governors to approval ratings rarely seen. In the Tri-State area, the public leans on their leaders and the gratitude shows,” said Quinnipiac University Polling Analyst Tim Malloy.

Murphy was at 71%-21% in a Monmouth University poll released on April 21, with 70% of adults saying he’s done a good job managing the state during the coronavirus pandemic.

This was Quinnipiac’s first poll of Murphy’s approvals since October 2018, when likely voters in the mid-term election gave him a 54%-34% approval rating.

The Quinnipiac poll was conducted April 30 to May 4 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.2%.  Quinnipiac polled self-identified registered voters.

Quinnipiac 6 May 2020
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