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

Murphy jumps to 77% approvals in Rutgers-Eagleton poll

By David Wildstein, May 06 2020 2:50 pm

Gov. Phil Murphy has a 77%-21% job approval rating in a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today.

Murphy’s approvals are at 92%-6% among Democrats, 76%-22% among independents, and 47%-52% among Republicans.  He’s at 74%-24% among men and 78%-18% among women.

On his handling of the coronavirus, 39% of New Jerseyans gave Murphy an A, 33% gave him a B, 15% a C, 6% a D and 7% an F.  Still, 51% of New Jersey gave New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo an A, while just 16% gave an A to President Donald Trump.

The poll puts Murphy’s favorables at 59%-20%.

“Like a number of other governors during this pandemic, Governor Murphy is experiencing a rally ‘round the flag effect that we sometimes see emerge with leaders in times of crisis,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “After two years of middling ratings, Murphy’s visibility and leadership have propelled his overall numbers to something we have not seen the likes of since Governor Christie after Hurricane Sandy. What remains to be seen is how long this overwhelming support for Murphy will last as the economic impact of the outbreak becomes increasingly dire and as we approach summer.”

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.

The Rutgers-Eagleton Poll was conducted April 22 to May 2 with a sample size of 1,502 adults.  It has a margin of error of +/- 2.5%.

Rutgers Eagleton 6 May 2020
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