Chris Christie is less popular in New Jersey today than Richard Nixon was four months before he resigned the presidency.
Nixon had upside-down favorables of 19%-77% in an April 1974 poll released by the Eagleton Institute of Rutgers University. He had started the year at 46%-49%, according to an Eagleton-Rutgers January poll.
Christie has upside-down favorables of 21%-63% in a poll released this week by Rutgers-Eagleton and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Despite Nixon’s unpopularity, New Jerseyans were split on resignation or impeachment under the backdrop of the Watergate scandal. Resignation was opposed by a 49%-44% margin, while New Jersey was evenly divided (46%-46%) on impeachment.
The poll released this week shows New Jerseyans preferring President Donald Trump to Christie. Trump’s statewide approval ratings are at 30%-59%.
Among Republicans, Christie is at 43%-41%. Trump is at 86%-8% among Republicans in New Jersey.1974 Nixon Rutgers-Eagleton