Thursday, December 25, 2014

Half of NJ's blacks & Dems think Christie deserves re-election

Yet another poll released today shows Gov. Christie cruising to re-election and his opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, failing to make up any ground at this early stage of the race. He leads by 32 points, the Quinnipiac Survey said, which is about the same lead he's held all along.

Half of NJ's blacks & Dems think Christie deserves re-election

Former President Bill Clinton, right, shakes Gov. Christie´s hand as he arrives on stage during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Meeting in Chicago, Friday, June 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)
Former President Bill Clinton, right, shakes Gov. Christie's hand as he arrives on stage during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Meeting in Chicago, Friday, June 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen) AP

Yet another poll released today shows Gov. Christie cruising to re-election and his opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, failing to make up any ground at this early stage of the race. He leads by 32 points, the Quinnipiac Survey said, which is about the same lead he's held all along.

But more interesting to me is this: Half of New Jersey's blacks -- and half of New Jersey's Democrats -- think Christie deserves re-election. Christie is focusing his campaign on peeling off elected Democrats and Democratic constituencies, like African Americans, and on Monday he collected the endorsement of one of the state's most significant black leaders.

Voters were asked: "Do you feel that Christopher Christie deserves to be reelected, or do you feel that he does not deserve to be reelected?"

Blacks responded evenly, 44 percent saying yes and 44 percent saying no. Among Democrats, 46 percent said yes and 44 percent said no, within the 3 point margin of error. Also of note: 67 percent of women answered affirmatively (compared to 65 percent of men).

If Christie can garner a significant percentage of the Democratic, black AND female vote in November -- particularly as a member of a Republican party that struggles to win such voters -- that has to go to the top of his resume for the presidential race in 2016.

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