Newark residents give Gov. Phil Murphy a 76%-17% approval rating on his handling of racial and policing issues, according to a poll conducted by Project Ready, a local non-profit group.
Mayor Ras Baraka has approvals of 85%-11%, while President Donald Trump is upside-down at 15%-82% in Newark on race and policing issues.
Baraka was re-elected in 2018 with 77% of the vote, carrying all five Newark wards. This was the largest percentage in a contested mayoral race since the direct elections began in 1954.
“As these numbers demonstrate, Newarkers overwhelmingly support the leadership that both their Mayor and Governor have shown during these difficult times,” said Democratic strategist Mo Butler, who was chief of staff when Cory Booker was mayor. “They are an example for how to lead our communities through these tense times.”
The Project Ready poll was conducted by Change Research, which surveyed 416 people using Dynamic Online Sampling. The poll was conducted from June 15-17 and has a margin of error of +/- 5.6%.