Democratic candidate for governor Phil Murphy has opened a towering 58 percent – 33 percent lead over Republican rival Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, according to yesterday’s Quinnipiac University poll.
Murphy leads Guadagno among likely voters of every party, gender, education, age, and racial group, except Republicans, who back Guadagno 78 percent – 16 percent; white voters with no college degree, who are divided 46 percent for Guadagno and 42 percent for Murphy; and white men who are split 46 percent for Murphy and 45 percent for Guadagno.
New Jersey voters have a 37 percent – 18 percent favorable opinion of Murphy; 43 percent said they don’t know enough about him to form an opinion. Guadagno gets a negative 25 percent – 33 percent rating, with 40 percent saying they haven’t heard enough to form an opinion.
For 47 percent of New Jersey voters, Guadagno’s role as lieutenant governor to Gov. Chris Christie has a negative impact on their opinion of her. Another 11 percent say it has a positive impact and 40 percent say it doesn’t matter.
Taxes are the most important issue among 30 percent of likely voters; 15 percent list the economy; 13 percent cite education; and 11 percent say healthcare.