Gov. Phil Murphy has a 46%-29% approval rating, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today.
The new governor has favorables of 36%-24%.
Senate President Steve Sweeney remains largely unknown to New Jersey voters, with upside-down favorables of 14%-17%. Sweeney is at 14%-13% among Democrats and at 18%-16% in South Jersey.
Murphy’s approvals are at 62%-14% among Democrats, 42%-30% among Independents, and 26%-56% among Republicans. He’s at 44%-34% among men, and 44%-34% among women. Murphy does especially well with young voters (58%-15%) but is struggling among seniors (38%-33%). He does well in north and central New Jersey and is above water in South Jersey (39%-35%), but he’s upside-down in the Republican-leaning Jersey shore counties (32%-43%).
“Gov. Murphy starts out in office with favorability ratings akin to Gov. Christine Whitman’s, yet lower than governors Jim McGreevey, Jon Corzine, and (Chris) Christie at the starts of their first terms,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. “Much like Whitman, and especially given the low visibility of this past year’s race and low voter turnout, a large number of New Jerseyans are still undecided on Murphy, giving his ratings plenty of room to move up or down as he takes action on the budget and other policies.”
New Jerseyans are split over the direction of the state, 45% right direction and 48% wrong track.
Results are from a statewide poll of 704 adults contacted by live callers on both landlines and cell phones from April 26 to May 4, 2018. The sample has a margin of error of +/-4.3 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.