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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for the New Jersey Globe).

In Newark, DiVincenzo’s favorables at 36%, poll says

FDU pollster Dan Cassino: ‘Given the ubiquity of DiVincenzo’s name and face on county parks and facilities, it’s surprising that so few residents know who he is’

By David Wildstein, August 23 2021 6:00 am

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo has favorables of 36%-10% in Newark, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of Brick City residents released on Monday.

DiVincenzo is widely expected to seek re-election to a sixth term in 2022.

Among Newark residents, DiVincenzo’s favorables are at 40%-8% among Blacks, 29%-11% among Hispanics, and 48%-14% among Whites.  Most Portuguese residents of Newark identified as White in the poll.

DiVincenzo’s favorables are 39%-12% among men and 34%-8% among women.

He is at 43%-7% among Democrats, 28%-50%, 28%-20% among independents, and 34%-17% among Republicans.

“Given the ubiquity of DiVincenzo’s name and face on county parks and facilities, it’s surprising that so few residents know who he is,” said Dan Cassino, a professor of Government and Politics at FDU and the poll director. “But given the partisan make-up of Essex County, and the fact that he’s unlikely to attract a strong primary challenger, it probably doesn’t matter for his electoral future.”

When he ran for re-election in 2018, DiVincenzo won 93% of the vote in Newark and 81% countywide.

DiVincenzo served as an Essex County Freeholder before his election as county executive in 2002.

Republicans have not won a countywide election in Essex since 1998.

The FDU poll was conducted between July 9 and August 11.  It has a sample size of 1,100 Newark residents and a margin of error of +/- 3%.

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