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September 24, 2013 | Number of The Day
New Jersey voters want a Democratic legislature despite Christie’s 20-point lead at poll

New Jersey voters are discerning. Although Gov. Chris Christie maintains a 20-point lead over his Democratic challenger for re-election, state Sen. Barbara Buono, a recent Rutgers-Eagleton poll showed that 50 percent of likely voters want the Democrats to retain control of the state Legislature, as opposed to 38 percent who want to hand control over to Republicans.

When asked what they thought of the State legislature, respondents were divided, with a 33 percent favorable rating vs. 32 percent unfavorable. That’s up from the results of a similar question in June (30 percent vs. 26 percent) but down from April (41 percent vs. 20 percent).

The same poll showed voters overwhelmingly in favor of the proposed increase to the minimum wage of $1.00 to $8.25 an hour. Support for the increase was 76 percent vs. 22 percent across the board, with even 58 percent of Republicans in favor.

The Monmouth University/Asbury Park poll regarding the minimum wage that was released Monday showed similar results, with 65 percent in favor and 12 percent against. That poll showed 54 percent of Republicans in favor of the question.