Surveys find Christie's approval rating soaring since Hurricane Sandy

Gov. Christie directs Nannette Derillo of Toms River, N.J., to one of his aides for help with a problem. Next to the governor was his wife, Mary Pat. They joined other volunteers Wednesday who were giving out prepared Thanksgiving dinners to Shore residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
Gov. Christie directs Nannette Derillo of Toms River, N.J., to one of his aides for help with a problem. Next to the governor was his wife, Mary Pat. They joined other volunteers Wednesday who were giving out prepared Thanksgiving dinners to Shore residents devastated by Hurricane Sandy. (MEL EVANS / Associated Press)
Posted: November 23, 2012

New Jerseyans have something to say to the GOP stalwarts who condemned Gov. Christie for his effusive praise of Democratic President Obama in the final days of the presidential campaign: Stuff it.

Not only are the Republican governor's approval ratings soaring - 65 percent in one poll, 77 percent in a second poll released Wednesday - but two-thirds of registered Republicans who responded to a survey said Christie's work with Obama was right on. Both polls found that more than 90 percent of respondents approved of the governor's handling of Hurricane Sandy.

"Gov. Christie has emerged as a clear leader in this crisis, with New Jerseyans applauding his efforts, and in particular his literal and figurative embrace of President Obama in a time of need," said David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and a professor of political science at Rutgers University. "Despite a recent New York Times story that some national GOP leaders are condemning the governor for his show of bipartisanship, New Jerseyans of all stripes say it was exactly the right thing to do."

A poll conducted by Adam Geller for the state GOP found Christie's favorability ratings higher than ever (77 percent) and that 91 percent of respondents approved of his cooperation with Obama.

"While we have seen his approval and favorability ratings crack 60 percent in some private polls, this recent poll breaks new ground," Geller, who heads a Republican polling firm, said in a memo to the state GOP. "It is important to note that this is all being done in a state with 750,000 more Democrats than Republicans, where President Obama was just reelected by a staggering 17 points."

Geller is founder of National Research Inc., one of two firms that conduct bipartisan polls for The Inquirer. The last Inquirer New Jersey Poll, conducted in the second-to-last week of October, showed Christie's approval ratings at 59 percent, in step with other major polls at that time.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll released this week showed Christie's approval at 65 percent post-Sandy, with 70 percent of unaffiliated voters and nearly 50 percent of Democrats giving him high marks. Of the Republicans interviewed, 89 percent said they applauded Christie's overall performance as governor.

Only 12 percent of respondents said Christie went too far in his praise of Obama, according to the poll.

Although other major polls showed Christie's approval near the 60 percent mark before Sandy, Eagleton's poll had him in the 40s. The governor got a 15-point bump after the storm, according to Redlawsk.

Last month, Christie dismissed the Rutgers-Eagleton poll as "crap."

"It's never good, it's never accurate," he told reporters in October. "When it's good for me, it's not right. When it's bad for me, it's not right. It's never right."

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak declined to comment on the polls Wednesday.

The Rutgers-Eagleton poll surveyed 1,228 New Jersey adults statewide from Nov. 14 to Saturday using landlines and cell phones. The poll's margin of error was plus or minus 2.8 percentage points. A subsample of those interviewed (1,108 people) were registered voters. The margin of error based on those results was plus or minus 2.9 percentage points.

National Research Inc. surveyed 600 registered New Jersey voters statewide by landline and cellphone last Thursday and Friday. The survey sample was 32 percent Republican, 42 percent Democratic, and 26 percent unaffiliated. The margin of error was plus or minus 4 percentage points.


Contact Joelle Farrell at 856-779-3237, jfarrell@phillynews.com, or follow on Twitter at @joellefarrell.

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