Connecticut’s Quinnipiac University just completed a survey of the New Jersey electorate (3/9-13; 1,098 NJ registered voters) in anticipation of their 2017 open gubernatorial campaign. With Gov. Chris Christie (R) scoring a terrible 19:76% job approval index, the top Republican attempting to succeed him starts off in poor position. According to the Q-Poll data, Democratic former Ambassador Phil Murphy would top Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (R) 47-25%, in an early ballot test.
Ex-Ambassador Murphy has a large lead in the Democratic primary, while Lt. Gov. Guadagno tops comedian Joe Piscopo, 28-18%. In terms of approvals, President Trump’s favorability index was a 34:59% positive to negative, while the NJ Democratic legislature recorded an even worse, 27:55%. Though Sen. Bob Menendez (D) is under federal indictment, he still fares well with the New Jersey voting populace. His favorability index is 45:34%. The state’s junior Senator, Cory Booker (D), does better. He posts a 57:31% positive rating.
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