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February 24, 2020 | Number of The Day
President Donald Trump’s approval rating among NJ adults

Unemployment in New Jersey may be low (3.2%), and many residents may feel the economy is strong, but President Donald Trump’s approval rating in the Garden State remains in the tank: 32%. That’s according to the latest Fairleigh Dickinson University Poll. Some 60% of respondents say they disapprove of the job he’s doing.

Impeachment has done little to change Trump’s numbers: In October 2019, his approval rating was at 34%, with 57% disapproving.

“Trump is faring considerably worse than his predecessor, Barack Obama, did at this point in his presidency, and Obama was wrestling with an unemployment (rate) that was almost triple what it is today in New Jersey,” said Krista Jenkins, director of the FDU Poll and professor of politics and government. Despite 9% unemployment, about half of residents approved of the job Obama was doing.

Republicans remain staunchly in the president’s corner: 79% approve, while 16% disapprove. Independents are decidedly unfavorable: 48%.

Democrats (60%), women (42%), nonwhites (45%) and young adults (45%) are most likely to rate the president poorly.