Number of the Day: 76%

April 16, 2013 | Number of The Day

Despite Gov. Chris Christie’s continued popularity, voters in New Jersey poll to the left of his political views on many issues. A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll out today says that 76 percent of New Jerseyans support a constitutional amendment to raise New Jersey’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, a question that will be on the November ballot. Earlier this year, Christie vetoed similar legislation.

When it comes to same-sex marriage, another measure Christie has vetoed, 62 percent of participating New Jerseyans say they would vote “Yes” on the question if it was put on the ballot. Only 30 percent would vote “No,” and even 58 percent of those who favor Christie say they would vote for its legalization.

Voters are at least 15 points more likely to support Democrats than Republicans for Assembly and Senate candidates, and of those who have an opinion, twice as many voters view the Democratic-controlled Legislature favorably rather than unfavorably (41 percent to 20 percent), with independents strongly backing the Democrats.

The same poll found Christie holding a 30 percent lead against his presumptive challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex).