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%.