Monmouth U Poll: Booker v. Menendez

By PolitickerNJ Staff | October 1st, 2014



Monmouth University this morning released a poll tracking public opinion of the job New Jersey’s two U.S. Senators.  

According to the poll, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) positive job ratings have declined over the past few months while his negative ratings have remained steady as some voters have shifted into the undecided category. 

Overall, Booker’s job performance receives a 44% approve to 21% disapprove rating among all New Jersey adults and a 42% approve to 23% disapprove rating among registered voters.  A full one-third (35%) of voters have no opinion on the job Booker is doing.  In June, the state’s voters gave Booker a 48% approve to 25% disapprove rating, with 27% registering no opinion.  Booker’s current net positive rating of 19 points (approve minus disapprove) is slightly lower than the net positive 23 point rating he received in June.

Booker’s rating among his fellow Democrats stands at 58% approve, 14% disapprove and 29% no opinion.  Among independents it is 40% approve, 22% disapprove and 38% no opinion.  Among Republicans it is 24% approve, 35% disapprove and 41% no opinion.

“It doesn’t appear that voters have turned on Booker, but the increase in those unsure of his job performance provides a savvy opponent with an opening to try to recast the incumbent’s image,” said Murray.  [Note: the poll interviews were conducted before the Booker campaign went on the air last week with its first major television ad buy.]

"As more voters begin to pay attention to the election in its final stretch, they will find that Senator Booker's priorities are their priorities,' said Booker Campaign Manager Brendan Gill. "Whether it is fighting for equal pay, raising the minimum wage, college affordability or ensuring that Hurricane Sandy relief funding reaches those for whom it is intended, Senator Booker has reached across the aisle to find bipartisan solutions to the issues affecting New Jersey's middle class."

At the same time that Booker’s ratings have declined, public views of the state’s senior senator, Bob Menendez, have remained basically stable.  Currently, 45% of New Jersey adult residents approve of Menendez’s job performance and 27% disapprove, while 28% have no opinion.  Among registered voters in the Garden State, 45% approve, 30% disapprove and 26% have no opinion.  In June, voter opinion stood at 47% approve to 34% disapprove with 19% registering no opinion.  Menendez’s current net positive rating of 15 points is similar to the 13 point net positive rating he received in June.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll was conducted by telephone with 802 New Jersey adults, including 680 registered voters, from September 17 to 21, 2014.  The total sample has a margin of error of + 3.5 percent and the registered voter sample has a margin of error of + 3.8 percent.  The poll was conducted by the Monmouth University Polling Institute and originally published by the Asbury Park Press and its sister publications (Courier-Post, Courier News, Daily Journal, Daily Record, and Home News Tribune).

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