January 23, 2014 | Number of The Day
Christie’s favorability rating drops in wake of Bridgegate but still is more positive than negative

While most of the poll was conducted before the allegations of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that she was pressured to approve a development project in return for superstorm Sandy aid, Gov. Chris Christie’s approvability ratings have dropped significantly from 65 percent to 46 percent, according to the most recent Rutgers Eagleton poll released Wednesday.

His performance as governor gets a bit better rating of 53 percent, but this has dropped from November as well.

The reason for the decline? Mostly Democrats, who favored him at 51 percent during November. Now, only 29 percent say they approve of his performance. Republicans are standing with him, with 78 percent favorable and 83 percent job approval. Independents are also favorable but only mildly, at 55 percent.

Meanwhile, the scandal has provided “insights” as to how he would lead if elected president, according to 52 percent of respondents. And the issue has been either very or somewhat damaging said 67 percent. About half of the respondents believe officials should keep investigating (49 percent vs. 47 percent), and at the time of the poll 53 percent said they believe or somewhat believed Christie’s explanation, while 42 percent said they did not believe him at all.

The last question in the poll asked voters who they would select for president: Hillary Clinton earned 55 percent of voter support; Christie garnered 34 percent.