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September 23, 2014

A majority of New Jerseyans take at least a little pride in rock star Bruce Springsteen, who celebrates his 65th birthday today, according to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll.

Springsteen is closely identified with his home state -- as evidenced by this poll, which had 80 percent of respondents aware of his Jersey residence. About 22 percent said they take a lot of pride in that fact, with 32 percent saying they took a little pride in it.

Springsteen can count Democrats, independents, and Republicans among his fans, although Democrats outweigh Republicans 46 percent to 36 percent. Springsteen is most popular with his own demographic, white residents who are over the age of 55, as well as those somewhat younger (35 years and older.) He has less popularity with African-Americans and Asians, as well as those between the ages of 18 and 34.

Nevertheless, no matter the age or race, few New Jerseyans (4 percent) disapprove of him. The rest are split between having a favorable opinion (47 percent) and no opinion (49 percent).

What most seem to agree on is that Gov. Chris Christie’s adulation of the rocker is “kind of cool” (48 percent), while only 19 percent believe it is “kind of embarrassing.”

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