Number of the Day: 64 percent

October 12, 2011 | Number of The Day

New Jerseyans of all political persuasions are happy that Gov. Chris Christie is not running for President, since 64 percent of respondents to a recent Rutgers Eagleton poll say they are very or somewhat happy he is staying put.

The reasons might be different, however, since Democrats prefer he not run at a greater rate than Republicans (45 percent vs. 23 percent).

And despite the fact that Christie’s favorable ratings are on the rise, New Jersey is still basically a blue state. That’s the takeaway of the poll that showed President Barack Obama ever-so-slightly more popular than Christie (50 percent vs. 49 percent) and Democratic legislators more popular than Republican (34 percent vs. 24 percent). The U.S. Congress is the least popular institution, with only 20 percent favorability and a whopping 62 percent unfavorability rating.

One more statistic from the poll stood out — the electorate was roughly split when asked whether Christie’s personality would help or hurt him if he were elected president: 47 percent said “Yes” and 49 percent said “No.”