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FDU Poll: Obama, Christie OK; Women Cool on Romney

About half approve of job president is doing

Our , but so does our Democratic president, according to the latest poll from

Barack Obama also has a solid lead over Mitt Romney in New Jersey, according to the poll — especially among women.

Read the full statement from FDU below, then let us know what you think.

According the latest poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind, 50 percent of New Jersey voters say they approve of the way the president is handling his job, while 42 percent disapprove. These numbers mirror the support expressed by New Jerseyans for their Republican governor, Chris Christie, as reported yesterday: 56 percent approve of the job Christie is doing, compared to 33 percent who disapprove.

“What’s interesting is the fact that these men are from different parties, during a time of sharp partisan division, and yet they garner about the same support,” said FDU political scientist and poll analyst Krista Jenkins. “Obama’s popularity in the Garden State doesn’t detract from Christie’s, and vice versa. Both clearly bring something to the table that works for New Jerseyans.”

When it comes to the all-important horserace, Obama bests the presumptive Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, by fourteen points (50-36 percent).  And behind those numbers, the gender gap is a sizable obstacle for Romney to overcome. Although men are about equally divided in their support for the candidates (45% Obama; 42% Romney), the majority of women say they’d vote for Obama if the election were held today (54%-31%). Women are also significantly more likely to approve of Obama’s job performance (55%) than men (45%).

“What we’re seeing in New Jersey confirms what’s going on nationally,” said Jenkins. “Judging by the size of Romney’s deficit with women voters, gender is going to play a sizable role in the outcome of this election.”

However, the gender gap doesn’t hold up when the question turns to perceptions of the direction in which the country is headed. The majority of respondents (56%) believe the country is on the wrong track, and men (57%) and women (55%) are about equally pessimistic.

“When we step back and look at what these numbers are telling us, it’s that New Jersey women are just as unhappy with where this country is headed, but draw a completely different conclusion than men about the choice of candidates and the solutions they’re offering,” said Jenkins.

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 797 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from April 30 through May 6, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

Luca D. May 25, 2012 at 04:52 AM
@Andy, I didn't imply that I have traveled abroad, I actually stated it. If you read what I said, it clearly states that we are ridiculed BECAUSE OF Obama's Administration's apologies. Thereafter, I defined who Obama was as a supposed leader, the one who bows to the Chinese, the one who surrounds himself with advisers like Ayers and Wright, etc. Obama does not listen to the military experts. He has dismantled our ability to defend ourselves. Do you honestly believe the military leadership advised him to do so? He has replaced experts with Obama flunkies. For the first time in the history of this nation, we couldn't defend ourselves if he wanted to. Were you proud of our leader when he leaned over to Putin and whispered be patient until after the election? Another proud moment in Obama history.
Luca D. May 25, 2012 at 05:36 AM
@Andy you state that Obama is listening to the military and intelligence experts. Wrong. General Dempsey is the chairman of the joint chiefs, on the automatic cuts to the military under Obama, this is what the military expert said “In my personal military judgment, formed over 38 years, we are living in the most dangerous time in my lifetime … I think sequestration would be completely oblivious to that, and counterproductive, it will create a hollow force and pose unacceptable risk.” General Jack Keane testified sequestration “would absolutely break the bank at the Defense Department. We would be a mere shadow of our former selves and be unable to face our global responsibilities.” Our military will loose another 100,000 troops (raising unemployment), making ours the smallest ground force since 1940. Our navy will have fewer than 230 ships, the smallest level since 1915 even though the threatening Chinese fleet outnumbers our navy. We will end up with the smallest tactical fighter force in history. We are relying on Israel to deal with Syria and Iran. China is considered a world super power that has surpassed the US in economy and military. The government has an obligation to defend the people of this country, so why cut defense by $1 trillion over 10 years? The government has no right to be dictating healthcare, bail outs, or providing education for the undocumented.
Billy Mays May 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Nose Wayne, do you agree that Republican women have it all over Democratic women? GRUNT, GRUNT, GRUNT...on the hunt for Republican womens.
Billy Mays May 25, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Not meant to be insulting, but Democratic women leave a lot to be desired in the looks department.
William Mays May 30, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Not me.

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