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Menendez leads Hugin by 17 points in new poll, Trump upside-down

Murphy has 44% approvals

By David Wildstein, March 13 2018 2:40 pm

Democrat Bob Menendez has a seventeen-point lead over Republican Bob Hugin, 49%-32%, in the race for New Jersey’s United States Senate seat, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released today.

President Donald Trump has an upside-down 32%-63% approval in New Jersey.  Among independent voters, 33% say their vote for U.S. Senate will be the anti-Trump candidate while 15% say it will be for a candidate that supports the president.

Gov. Phil Murphy has a 44%-23% approval rating among New Jerseyans in a new Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Coming off a federal corruption trial that resulted in a dismissal of all charges, Menendez has an upside-down 35%-37% favorable rating and a 46%-39% job approval rating.

More than eight out of ten New Jersey voters (83%) have never heard of Hugin, a pharmaceutical company millionaire who is making his first bid for public office.

“New Jersey voters are sending Sen. Robert Menendez a mixed message. They far prefer him – he holds a 17-point lead over Republican challenger Bob Hugin in the race for his U.S. Senate seat. But they are skeptical about his guilt or innocence regarding federal corruption charges that were dropped after a hung jury,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac Poll. “In very blue New Jersey, the big ‘D’ next to Menendez’ name is a big asset.”

Among independent voters, Menendez’s lead is at five points, 41%-36%.  The incumbent gets 85% of Democrats, while Hugin received 81% of Republicans.  Independents say they will be mostly influenced by ethics in government (24%), the economy (22%), taxes (21%), and gun policy (18%).

By a margin of nearly two-to-one, 64%-238%, New Jerseyans say they are optimistic about Murphy’s governorship.

U.S. Senator Cory Booker is the state’s most popular politician.  He has a 59%-31% approval rating.

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