President Donald Trump has upside-down favorables of 37%-56% among likely New Jersey voters and a 41%-56% job approval rating in a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today.
Trump’s favorables are at 39%-53% among Independents, 81%-11% among Republicans, and 7%-88% among Democrats. His approvals are at 44%-54% among Independents, 88%-7% with Republicans, and 8%-90% among Democrats.
“On the whole, New Jerseyans are much more negative than they are positive about the president, and the more any Democratic candidate in New Jersey can make their race a referendum on Trump, the better their chances should be,” said Ashley Koning, assistant research professor and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP) at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “But when it comes to the Senate race, Trump is a bit of a double-edged sword. While most voters who dislike Trump break for Menendez, those who feel favorably toward Trump are just as likely – in fact, more so – to be in Hugin’s corner. If Menendez wants to grow his lead with both independents and his base between now and Election Day, playing up his opposition to Trump is a good bet to take.
Results are from a statewide poll of 1,006 adults contacted by live callers on landlines and cell phones from Oct. 12-19. The poll contains a subsample of 896 registered voters and 496 likely voters. The entire sample has a margin of error of +/-3.6%; the registered voter subsample has a margin of error of +/-3.8 percentage points, and the likely voter subsample has a margin of error of +/-5.1 percentage points. Interviews were done in English and, when requested, Spanish.