Polls: Christie’s favorability continues to plummet

Gov. Christie’s favorability ratings have taken a slide nationally following revelations about the apparent involvement of aides in creating gridlock at the George Washington Bridge, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows.

According to the survey results, which were released Tuesday, 22 percent of Americans view Christie positively, while 29 percent view him negatively. The results are a reversal from the findings of an NBC/WSJ survey in October, when the Republican governor was viewed positively by 33 percent of Americans and negatively by 17 percent.

Christie’s favorability has particularly tumbled among Democrats, with 15 percent viewing him positively and 37 percent negatively, according to Fred Yang of Hart Research Associates, which conducted the survey with Public Opinion Strategies. In the earlier October survey, 30 percent of Democrats felt positively about Christie, and 17 percent felt negatively.

Of the survey respondents, 48 percent said they had heard “a lot” about the bridge controversy. Asked about Christie’s statement that he had nothing to do with creating the traffic jams, 42 percent thought Christie was mostly telling the truth, while 44 percent said he was mostly not telling the truth.

The survey of 800 adults was conducted in phone interviews Jan. 22-25 and has a margin of error of 3.46 percentage points.

A Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll also released Tuesday showed Christie’s job approval rating among New Jerseyans has fallen to 48 percent, from 62 percent in October. The governor’s disapproval rating, meanwhile, has climbed from 24 percent to 39 percent, according to the poll.

The poll of 734 registered voters — conducted Jan. 20-26, with a margin of error of 3.6 percentage points — found that among Democrats, Christie’s job approval fell to 34 percent from 47 percent in October. Among independents, the governor’s job approval fell to 41 percent from 60 percent in October.

Eighty-five percent of poll respondents said they were following the bridge controversy closely, and 53 percent of respondents said they believed it unlikely that Christie knew nothing of aides ordering the lane closures, according to the poll.

“With this degree of attentiveness, it would be hard for any politician to maintain strong support, particularly in a state with a preponderance of voters who don’t share the governor’s partisan leanings,” said Krista Jenkins, director of PublicMind and political science professor at Fairleigh Dickinson.