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February 13, 2015

Gov. Chris Christie’s ratings with New Jersey voters have hit an all-time low, with just 37 percent of registered voters saying they feel favorably toward him while 53 percent feel unfavorably, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll. This is a seven-point drop in two months. His overall job approval is also negative: 52 percent disapprove and only 42 percent approve.

The survey also asked respondents to indicate what has been the biggest cause for this decline. His overall attitude, behavior, and personality were cited by 20 percent; 15 percent mentioned the George Washington Bridge scandal. His presidential ambitions and lack of attention to his current office were cited by 10 percent.

According to the poll, independent voters -- who long supported him -- are now squarely against Christie, with favorable impressions falling a record-breaking 16 points since December, down to 31 percent. Meanwhile, the share of independent voters with an unfavorable impression grew to 55 percent.

David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, said that Christie’s drop in the polls is larger than in the aftermath of Bridgegate.

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