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Poll: Democrats, women say Christie doing good job

Published On: Jan 23 2013 01:38:46 PM EST

Seventy-four percent of New Jersey voters surveyed approve of the job Gov. Chris Christie is doing, tying New York's Andrew Cuomo for the highest job approval rating of any governor in states surveyed by Quinnipiac University.

Wednesday's poll showed the New Jersey Republican's positives outweigh his negatives among Democrats, independents and women.

"'Give 'em hell, Chris!' New Jersey voters say about Gov. Christopher Christie's attack on House Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans when they delayed the vote on Superstorm Sandy relief," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.


Sixty-eight percent said Christie deserves re-election, compared with 24 percent who want someone else. Christie leads possible Democratic opponents by margins of at least 2-to-1.

The poll also showed Newark Mayor Cory Booker with an early 51 to 31 percent lead over incumbent Frank Lautenberg in the 2014 U.S. Senate race.

"Nothing but positive scores for Newark Mayor Cory Booker. U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg gets an OK job-approval rating and favorability, but voters don't think he should seek six more years in the Senate," Carroll said.

The survey of 1,647 registered voters was taken Jan. 15-21 and has an error margin of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.