According to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll of adults, Gov. Phil Murphy has a 47% to 43% approval rating in office as he heads into the final month of state budget negotiations with the Legislature, which will vote in the fall’s midterm elections. The residents of New Jersey were released this morning.
New Jersey residents give Murphy a 37%-31% advantage. And 50% of state residents think New Jersey is on the wrong track, while 42% say it’s headed in the right direction; 53% of independents were in favor of the wrong path.
Murphy remains very popular among Democrats (81%-15%), but essentially even among independents (43%-42%); among Republicans, it is unseemly (14%-81%). It is 51%-39% among women and upside down 43%-49% among men. Murphy is also 47%-38% among non-white New Jerseyans and 48%-47% among
“Residents’ views of where the state is headed have been mixed throughout Murphy’s tenure — a stark contrast to the extreme ups and downs of the Christie administration and a sign of the hyper-partisanship and polarization that has permeated state and national politics,” Ashley Koning said. , survey director.
When asked to rate Murphy’s performance on New Jersey’s economy and jobs, 11% gave him an A, 23% gave him a B, 30% gave him a C, 15% said he received a ” D”, ” 17% let him down. On taxes, 40% of the state gave him a failing grade; it received an “A” from only 4%, while 14% gave it a “B”, 20% a “C” and 21% a “D”. Among independents, 60% of New Jersey residents gave Murphy a “D” or “F” on taxes.
Murphy’s grade for managing the state budget and public spending: 6% gave him an A, 18% gave him a B, 27% gave him a C, 17% gave him a D, and 25% gave him an F. On cost of living and affordability, Murphy received an “A” from just 2% of New Jersey residents; 9% gave it a B, 25% gave it a C, 21% gave it a D, and 43% gave it a failing grade.
Grades for his work on education and schools: 14% gave Murphy an “A”, 23% a “B”, 23% a “C”, 13% a “D” and 22% an “F”.
Murphy’s endorsement in the Rutgers-Eagleton poll is similar to a job endorsement in the Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll in the region over the same period that had a two-term Democratic governor, at 44%-39%. Murphy had it 48%-36%. An FDU survey published in February and by 52%-36% in a Monmouth University Survey released before Murphy began his sixth year as governor in January.
Murphy remains more popular than Republican Chris Christie was at roughly the same point in his governorship. Christie was reversed 30%-55% in a June 2015 FDU Survey.
June 1999 Quinnipiac University Survey set Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman’s approval rating at 55%-37% about midway through her sixth year in office. In the same poll, former Gov. Jim Florio, whom Whitman ousted in 1993, still had a reversed lead (25%-34%). Whitman and Florio were both seeking an open seat in the US Senate.
The poll was conducted from April 27 to May 5 with a sample size of 1,002 adults and a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.