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Poll: Murphy upside-down on handling of Newark water crisis

Governor struggles in heavily Democratic Essex and Hudson

By David Wildstein, September 17 2019 1:00 pm

Reviews of Gov. Phil Murphy’s handling of the Newark drinking water crisis are upside-down, according to a new Monmouth University Poll released today.

Nearly half of New Jersey residents (46%) say they have heard a lot about  lead contamination in Newark’s drinking water supply, while another one-third (33%) have heard a little about it.  About two out of ten New Jerseyans (21%) are not aware of the issue.

Just 10% of state residents say they approve of Murphy’s handling of the Newark water issue, while 28% disapprove and 41% have no opinion.

Among the 46% of New Jerseyans who have heard a lot about the Newark crisis, Murphy gets an upside-down 19%-41% approval rating.

Murphy fares even worse among residents of Essex and Hudson counties, the two most heavily Democratic parts of the state.  His approvals are an upside-down 12%-44%.

“The fact that this crisis happened in the part of New Jersey where Murphy’s strongest partisan base lives has not helped the governor’s overall standing,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from September 12 -16 with a sample size of 713 New Jersey adults and a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

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