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August 20, 2010
TRENTON - A majority of voters - 51 percent - in a Quinnipiac University Poll released Thursday said they approved of Gov. Christie's job performance, while 36 percent disapproved. In Quinnipiac's previous poll, issued in June, 44 percent said they approved of Christie and 43 percent disapproved. Fifty-one percent of respondents in the latest poll also described the first-term Republican as a "leader," while 43 percent called him a "bully. " And 46 percent said he was "confrontational," while 43 percent called him "honest and refreshing.
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September 27, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Mayor Nutter's approval rating among Philadelphia residents plunged in a poll conducted this summer, when a funding crisis was threatening to delay the opening of public schools. The percentage of people who approved of Nutter's job performance dropped from 60 percent in January 2012 to 39 percent, while the percentage disapproving rose from 30 percent to 52 percent. The results of the poll, taken for the Pew Charitable Trusts, were released Wednesday. Nutter's January approval rating was his highest since Pew began conducting public opinion surveys of city residents in 2009.
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October 3, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie's job approval rating dropped to 46 percent among New Jersey voters, one of his lowest, in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. At the same time, President Obama's approval rating hit an all-time low in New Jersey of 41 percent among registered voters, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll also released Wednesday. In both instances, the polls said the drops were driven by declines among women. While 51 percent of men surveyed in the Quinnipiac poll approved of Christie, among women 43 percent approved and 48 percent disapproved.
NEWS
August 31, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gov. Corbett's approval rating tumbled to its lowest point yet in a closely watched independent poll Thursday, leaving the Republican in a historic hole as he gears up for his 2014 reelection campaign. Only one in five registered voters believes Corbett has done a good enough job to earn a second term, the Franklin and Marshall College Poll found. Sixteen percent rated his performance in office "excellent" or "good," compared with 76 percent who said he was doing an "only fair" or "poor" job. "That is the lowest job-performance number for any governor in modern history," said G. Terry Madonna, director of the survey.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mayor Nutter's job approval rating is up to 60 percent, the highest level in the last three years, but most city residents continue to describe crime, the state of the public schools, and lack of job opportunities as major problems that have improved little over the last five years. That's the conclusion of a new public opinion poll released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts, based on 1,600 telephone interviews with Philadelphia adults, from Jan. 4 through Jan. 19. Just one out of three people, 37 percent, said they felt completely safe in their homes at night, and fewer than one out of six, 16 percent, felt completely safe walking in their neighborhoods, the study found.
NEWS
January 31, 1998 | by Nancy Mathis, Houston Chronicle Daily News wire services contributed to this report
Ten days after allegations of sexual infidelity rocked the White House, public approval of President Clinton's job performance hit an all-time high this week as Americans appear to be gossiping, rather than worrying, about the accusations. The White House strategy to remain mum and allow Clinton to go about his business appears to be working - so far. Republicans, however, have begun to break their silence and go on the attack. Clinton has denied having sexual relations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and asking her to lie about it, but has declined to speak in detail about the accusations.
NEWS
August 14, 1994 | By Aaron Epstein and David Hess, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU Robert A. Rankin of the Inquirer Washington Bureau contributed to this article
President Clinton had a big year on Capitol Hill in 1993, winning major victories on the issues he cared most about - trade, budget policy and gun control. Only Republican Dwight Eisenhower in 1953 and Democrat Lyndon Johnson in 1964 had better first-year records in Congress in the last four decades. But on Thursday, in the middle of his sophomore year, the President's political clout seemed to have deserted him - although the White House and its allies are predicting another Clinton comeback.
NEWS
December 5, 2002 | By Mitch Lipka INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
The groundwork was laid for what could have been an ugly day for a governor who has been having a lot of them lately. The audience awaiting Gov. McGreevey yesterday was about as potentially hostile as there is: New Jersey businesspeople who gave him an approval rating that barely poked into the double digits. They are people whose companies are feeling the pinch of a $1 billion corporate business tax increase this year. "Who raises taxes in the middle of a recession? Nobody.
NEWS
August 6, 2008 | By Mario F. Cattabiani INQUIRER HARRISBURG BUREAU
The state legislature is suffering from dismal public-approval ratings, and three out of four Pennsylvania voters believe it will not take steps to clean up corruption in the wake of the Bonusgate scandal. Those are among the results of the latest Quinnipiac University poll, which also found that few voters - only one in 10 - believe that House Majority Leader Bill DeWeese (D., Greene) should keep his leadership post. "Voters are fed up with the legislature," said Clay F. Richards, assistant director of the Connecticut university's polling institute.
NEWS
June 2, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump with New Jersey voters, but not by much, according to a new Monmouth University poll. Asked which of the two candidates they would support if the presidential election were held today, 38 percent of registered New Jersey voters said Clinton, and 34 percent said Trump, according to the poll released Tuesday. A further 11 percent said they would vote for an independent candidate, and 15 percent were undecided. While Clinton's lead may seem small for a state that has voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in every election since 1992, "neither major-party candidate has fully locked in the support of their partisan bases," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a news release accompanying the results.
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June 2, 2016 | By Maddie Hanna, TRENTON BUREAU
Democrat Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump with New Jersey voters, but not by much, according to a new Monmouth University poll. Asked which of the two candidates they would support if the presidential election were held today, 38 percent of registered New Jersey voters said Clinton, and 34 percent said Trump, according to the poll released Tuesday. A further 11 percent said they would vote for an independent candidate, and 15 percent were undecided. While Clinton's lead may seem small for a state that has voted for the Democratic presidential nominee in every election since 1992, "neither major-party candidate has fully locked in the support of their partisan bases," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a news release accompanying the results.
NEWS
April 26, 2016 | By John Baer
Update:  John Baer's Monday column cited Gov. Wolf's approval rating at 31 percent, based on recent polling. A new  NBC News/Wall St. Journal poll released after the column was written shows the governor's approval rating now at 45 percent. DURING 20 years in Congress (1977-97), Bob Walker represented Lancaster and Lebanon counties in central Pennsylvania as one of the most conservative members of the House, aligned with the likes of Newt Gingrich and Trent Lott. These days, Walker's walking with John Kasich as the Ohio governor vies for Pennsylvania's attention ahead of Tuesday's GOP primary.
BUSINESS
November 18, 2015 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
New Jersey regulators on Monday approved a Public Service Electric & Gas Co. plan to replace 400 miles of gas mains over a three-year period, and allow the utility to recover the $650 million cost with higher rates. PSE&G can raise rates only as the work is placed into service, according to the Board of Public Utilities. Upon completion of the program, a typical residential gas customer who uses 1,010 therms a year will pay about $4.80 more per month. The utility is replacing aging metal gas mains with plastic piping that is less likely to leak methane gases.
NEWS
January 21, 2015
THE STATE of the Union address is a constitutional requirement, as well as a symbolic act whereby the current president pushes his ideas and agenda. But the real job of the State of the Union address is to provide a coherent narrative about who we are and how we are doing at this moment in time. This annual story - and our need for it - is more important some years than others. For example, George Bush's State of the Union following the 9/11 attacks was an important moment to reiterate the country's strengths.
NEWS
October 3, 2014 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Gov. Christie's job approval rating dropped to 46 percent among New Jersey voters, one of his lowest, in a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. At the same time, President Obama's approval rating hit an all-time low in New Jersey of 41 percent among registered voters, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll also released Wednesday. In both instances, the polls said the drops were driven by declines among women. While 51 percent of men surveyed in the Quinnipiac poll approved of Christie, among women 43 percent approved and 48 percent disapproved.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Mayor Nutter's approval rating among Philadelphia residents plunged in a poll conducted this summer, when a funding crisis was threatening to delay the opening of public schools. The percentage of people who approved of Nutter's job performance dropped from 60 percent in January 2012 to 39 percent, while the percentage disapproving rose from 30 percent to 52 percent. The results of the poll, taken for the Pew Charitable Trusts, were released Wednesday. Nutter's January approval rating was his highest since Pew began conducting public opinion surveys of city residents in 2009.
NEWS
August 31, 2013 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
Gov. Corbett's approval rating tumbled to its lowest point yet in a closely watched independent poll Thursday, leaving the Republican in a historic hole as he gears up for his 2014 reelection campaign. Only one in five registered voters believes Corbett has done a good enough job to earn a second term, the Franklin and Marshall College Poll found. Sixteen percent rated his performance in office "excellent" or "good," compared with 76 percent who said he was doing an "only fair" or "poor" job. "That is the lowest job-performance number for any governor in modern history," said G. Terry Madonna, director of the survey.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | Dan Balz, Washington Post
WASHINGTON - President Obama passed the 100-day mark of his second term facing questions about whether his political capital is already disappearing. Republicans took delight in his discomfort. But they have their own 100-day question to answer: What have they done since November to turn around their fortunes? The president has had a difficult spring. His gun legislation, though it mustered more than 50 votes, was blocked in the Senate. His advisers are more optimistic about immigration reform, but the measure still faces serious obstacles, especially in the House.
NEWS
November 23, 2012 | By Joelle Farrell, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
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....
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