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President Donald J. Trump in Wildwood, New Jersey on January 28, 2020. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe)

Poll: Trump sees slight improvement in NJ approvals

By David Wildstein, April 21 2020 11:00 am

President Donald Trump has seen a small increase in his New Jersey approvals ratings, a new Monmouth University poll reported this morning.

Trump is now at 41%-56 among New Jerseyans, up from 37%-55% in Monmouth polls in September 2019 and 34%-61% in April 2018.

On his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, 41% of adults in New Jersey say he has done a good job while 52% says he’s done a bad job.

According to the Monmouth Poll, 42% view the measures taken by the federal government to slow the spread of COVID-19 have been appropriate, but 52% think they have not gone far enough.  Just 5% say the Trump administration has gone too far.

More than 6 out of 10 New Jerseyans (64%) say measures taken by state government to slow the spread of COVID-19 were appropriate.  More than twice as many state residents (23%) say the actions didn’t go far enough than the 11% who said New Jersey had gone too far.

Trump’s approvals are at 89%-10% among Republicans, 37%-58% among independents and 11%-89% among Republicans.  He is at 47%-50% among men, 35%-62% among women, and 50%-48% among white New Jerseyans.  Among African Americans, Hispanics and Asians, Trump is at 28%-69%.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from April 16-19 with 704 New Jersey adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

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