Thursday, March 5, 2015

As Bridgegate interest wanes, Christie's ratings stabilize, poll finds

People are losing interest in Bridgegate, and Gov. Christie's approval ratings are no longer tumbling, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll out today.
The Republican governor's approval rating - now 44 percent - is statistically unchanged from March, when 41 percent of registered voters approved of his job performance, the poll said.

As Bridgegate interest wanes, Christie's ratings stabilize, poll finds

FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J. Newly released emails show that a top aide to Christie had at least some involvement in the unexpected shutdown of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013 file photo, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks in Trenton, N.J. Newly released emails show that a top aide to Christie had at least some involvement in the unexpected shutdown of lanes on the George Washington Bridge. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

People are losing interest in Bridgegate, and Gov. Christie’s approval ratings are no longer tumbling, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll out today.

The Republican governor’s approval rating – now 44 percent – is statistically unchanged from March, when 41 percent of registered voters approved of his job performance, the poll said.

In November, Christie’s approval rating in the poll was 61 percent. It fell to 48 percent following the George Washington Bridge revelations in January.

While his rating appears to have stabilized, Christie has lost support from Democrats and independents, the poll said. In June 2013, 44 percent of Democrats approved of his job performance, and 38 percent disapproved; now 26 percent of Democrats approve and 61 percent disapprove.

“Gov. Christie’s support comes from predictable sources – his base,” said Krista Jenkins, the director of the poll and political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson. “At least for now, he can no longer claim the widespread bipartisan appeal that made his national appeal unique relative to other prospective candidates for the White House in 2016.”

In good news for Christie, the bridge scandal appears to be drawing less interest among voters. The poll found that 22 percent said they are following news about the bridge scandal "very closely," compared to 34 percent in March and 38 percent in January.

The poll of 813 registered voters was conducted by phone from May 27 to June 1 and has a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

Maddie Hanna Inquirer Staff Writer
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