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October 14, 2014

The most recent political poll conducted by Rutgers-Eagleton shows Gov. Chris Christie with an unfavorable rating of 45 percent, outweighing his favorable rating of 42 percent.

This is the lowest rating the poll has recorded for Christie since becoming governor, and the first time since 2011 the poll showed unfavorable opinions outweighing favorable ones.

The reasons for the drop? Voters said they disapproved of Christie’s handling of New Jersey’s economy and jobs (54 percent disapprove, 38 percent approve); taxes (58 percent vs. 33 percent); education and schools (52 percent vs. 39 percent); state budget (52 percent vs. 37 percent); and the state pension-fund crisis (58 percent vs. 24 percent)

On the other hand, respondents do approve of his work with crime and drugs (52 percent vs. 32 percent) and Hurricane Sandy recovery (60 percent vs. 33 percent).

Oddly enough, despite these ratings, when asked if they approved of the job he is doing -- as opposed to their general impression of him -- 49 percent said they approved and 46 percent disapproved.

Since his approval ratings have shown a steady drop in all of the aforementioned areas, David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling and Rutgers professor of political science, said the rebound following Christie’s Bridgegate ratings collapse looks like it was a “temporary blip.” He said by nearly every measure, Christie is now “losing support.” Redlawsk said Christie is losing support among Democrats and independents, although his support from Republicans remains strong despite their concerns about the economy.

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