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January 16, 2014 | Number of The Day
Polls show Christie is Innocent Until Proven Guilty Among NJ Voters

Most New Jerseyans still approve of the way Gov. Chris Christie is handling his job, with 55 percent of voters responding positively to the question in the recent Quinnipiac University poll, taken after the scandal that’s become known as Bridgegate hit the press.

An earlier poll taken this week by Monmouth University and the Asbury Park Press gave his rating as 58 percent among voters.

Predictably, Republicans were much more supportive of the governor, giving him ratings of 81 and 89 percent in the respective polls, with independents more split on the governor (56 percent and 62 percent).

That’s not to say the scandal hasn’t had an impact. Christie’s poll numbers are significantly down from a few months ago. In July, Quinnipiac had Christie with a 68 percent approval rating. What’s more, many of voters say it “damages” his presidential bid.

Neverthless, despite the support being offered to Christie by his constituents, both polls say that support would evaporate if it were found he ordered the traffic jam or knew what his subordinates were doing. In the Quinnipiac poll, 65 percent said that in that case, the governor should either be removed from office or both removed from office and prosecuted for a crime.