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U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for New Jersey Globe.)

Menendez approvals at 46% in New Jersey

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman has best poll numbers since 2017

By David Wildstein, May 05 2021 1:00 pm

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez has job approval ratings in New Jersey of 46%-36%, his best numbers since July 2017, according to a Monmouth University poll released this morning.

Menendez is at 46%-38% among registered voters.

The poll puts approvals for Menendez at 72%-14% among Democrats, 26%-57% and 26%-57% with Republicans.  Independents give the senior senator approvals of 32%-44%.

Among Black, Hispanic and Asian residents of New Jersey, Menendez’s approvals are at 55%-23%.  He’s slightly upside-down among White resident (40%-44%).

He is at 48%-35% in North Jersey, 42%-35% in Central Jersey, and 44%-37% in South Jersey.

In an April 2020 Monmouth poll, Menendez had approvals of 45%-36%.

After Democrats took control of the U.S. Senate last November – the Senate is at 50-50, with Vice President Kamala Harris breaking the tie – Menendez assumed the powerful Foreign Relations Committee post.  With strong relationships at the White House and State Department, that gives Menendez an influential role in shaping global policy.

Menendez is up for re-election in 2024.

In a September 2020 appearance on the New Jersey Globe Power Hour, Menendez said he intended to seek re-election to a fourth full term.

Menendez was re-elected in 2018 by a 54%-43% margin and a plurality of 354,299 against Republican Bob Hugin, a pharmaceutical company CEO who spent over $36 million of his own money to win a U.S. Senate seat.  His 1,711,654 votes represent the record for the most votes cast for a New Jersey statewide candidate in a mid-term election cycle.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted from April 29 to May 4 with a sample size of 706 adults and has a margin of error of +/- 3.7%.

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