Majority of New Jerseyans support sending Booker to Senate for full term, poll finds

By PolitickerNJ Staff | March 3rd, 2014


A new poll finds a majority of Garden State residents are in favor of giving freshman N.J. Sen. Cory Booker (D) a full term in Washington D.C.

According to a recent Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press Poll, Booker enjoys a 47 percent approval rating from New Jersey residents compared to just 20 percent who disapprove. Fifty-five percent of voters say Booker should be re-elected in November, according to the poll.

New Jersey voters are just getting to know Cory Booker as their Senator and generally giving him positive reviews,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute.  “They feel they have seen enough to say he deserves a full term.”

Booker’s job approval rating is up from 37 percent in December.

According to the poll, Booker garners solid ratings among his fellow Democrats (66 percent approve to 9 percent disapprove), generally positive ratings among independents (41 percent approve to 23 percent disapprove), and negative ratings among GOP voters (24 percent approve to 39 percent disapprove).

Booker’s re-election is endorsed by 82 percent of Democrats and 50 percent of independents. However, only 18 percent of Republicans agree and 33 percent of voters say it is time to have someone else in office.

When pitted against one potential GOP candidate in a hypothetical head-to-head contest, nearly 6-in-10 (58 percent) registered voters say they would support Cory Booker compared to just 25 percent who would vote for Murray Sabrin, according to the poll. However, he is still unknown to most New Jersey voters. No more than 1-in-10 have an impression of Sabrin.

The poll was conducted by telephone with 690 New Jersey registered voters from February 19 to 23, 2014. The sample has a margin of error of + 3.7 percent. 

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