Number of the Day: 55 percent

September 17, 2013 | Number of The Day
Christie still up by 20 points but huge gap is narrowing

New Jersey’s likely voters still support Gov. Chris Christie for reelection 55 percent to 35 percent, according to the most recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll, but the gap has narrowed from 30 points earlier this year.

The difference is that Democrat Barbara Buono is finally getting the majority support of her party (60 percent), but most of those that support her say they are voting more against Christie than in favor of Buono.

The poll had some other bad news for Buono: Independents support Christie 65 percent to 24 percent. And Christie wins the votes of all age groups, any income bracket, among men and women who identify themselves as moderate or conservative.

The only group who supports Buono in a big way are those in the public unions (53 percent to 34 percent.) Otherwise, even those who identify themselves as urban and nonwhite are nearly evenly split, as are those with a postgraduate education.