Number of the Day: 73 percent

February 8, 2013 | Number of The Day

Most New Jerseyans are fond of their Governor — even registered Democrats have a positive opinion of him (59 percent) due to his handling of superstorm Sandy. But even though 73 percent of New Jersey residents have an overall favorable impression of Christie’s performance, less than half of them approve of the job he is doing with the state budget, economy, and taxes, according to a recent poll by Rutgers-Eagleton.

Only 45 percent of voters specifically approve of his handling of the economy and jobs, while 46 percent disapprove. When it comes to the state budget, only 49 percent approve, and taxes received a 40 percent approval, 52 percent disapproval rate.

Christie did better when asked about his performance with Hurricane Sandy recovery (86 percent approve), education and schools (54 percent), and crime and drugs (51 percent).

Given those ratings, it’s odd that voters believe New Jersey is on the right track (60 percent agreed). That’s because most voters cited either the economy or jobs as the biggest problems facing the state.

Poll statistics also found that the older or the richer you are, the more likely you are to approve of Christie’s overall performance. Residents of the Jersey Shore are his most dedicated supporters, with an 80 percent approval rating.