Number of the Day: 49 percent

April 13, 2011 | Number of The Day

New Jerseyans are split right down the middle when it comes to how they feel about Gov. Chris Christie, according to a new Rutgers-Eagleton poll, which showed that about 49 percent of voters are “worried” when they think of him, while 49 percent are not.

Predictably, the way you feel about the governor falls right along the partisan divide. Regardless of party, however, most New Jerseyans (62 percent) said the term “stubborn” applies to the governor very well, while another 20 percent said somewhat well.

When given a list of terms to describe Christie, 83 percent of respondents said very or somewhat well, while 77 percent said independent. Most New Jerseyans also see him as a strong leader (74 percent) and arrogant (71 percent.) Still, 58 percent see him as somewhat of a bully, while 61 percent say he is at least somewhat self-centered and they are less convinced that he is fair (30 percent say it describes him very well, 30 percent somewhat well, and 34 percent say he is not fair).

New Jerseyans do seem to be solidifying their opinions of Christie. Compared with a similar poll in August 2010, more respondents now say he is stubborn, smart, a strong leader, a reformer and a bully than they did at that time.