A new poll released today by the Rutgers Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling puts Gov. Phil Murphy’s approval rating at 54-37% among New Jersey adults, a clear improvement from the 49-46% approval score he posted in March. Murphy’s favorability ratings are at 47-33%, up from 33-38% in March.
“Driven by increased positivity among Democrats and independents, Governor Murphy’s numbers are now back to where they were this time last year – not at his pandemic highs, but better than when he started his first term and certainly better than six months ago,” Rutgers-Eagleton director Ashley Konig said. “The fatigue of a gubernatorial election and a pandemic seem to have worn off as life and governing in the state return to some sense of normal.”
As is to be expected, Murphy has a much better approval rating among Democrats (85-8%) than Republicans (18-80%), with independents evenly split at 45-41%. Nonwhite respondents approved of Murphy 60-26%, significantly higher than his 51-44% score among white respondents.
Despite their overall approval of Murphy, however, the poll’s respondents were split on whether the state is moving in the right direction; a 48% plurality said that it is, compared to 45% who said it’s on the wrong track.
The poll also tested approval and favorability ratings for New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators, Cory Booker and Bob Menendez.
Booker has a job approval rating of 50-34% and a favorability rating of 50-29%, while Menendez’s approval is 38-37% and his favorability is 29-36% – results in keeping with a long line of polls showing Booker to be the state’s more popular senator.
The overall Rutgers-Eagleton poll was conducted from August 30-September 8 with a sample size of 1,006 New Jersey adults and a margin of error of +/- 3.8%. This section of the poll had a smaller sample size of around 500 New Jersey adults; the institute did not provide an exact number of respondents in the split sample or the margin of error for its results.