Gov. Phil Murphy continues to get good grades (62%) from New Jersey voters on his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite a majority believing his administration bears at least some responsibility for the number of related deaths in nursing homes and the pain experienced by small businesses in the state, according to a new Monmouth University Poll. The poll also found that just 27% believe the governor has done a bad job on the public health crisis.
With just weeks to go before the gubernatorial election, “Murphy’s handling of the pandemic continues to be his strongest asset,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, who added that “New Jerseyans acknowledge there have been missteps over the past eighteen months, some of them very serious, but that has not noticeably weakened their overall view of his COVID performance,” The poll found Murphy’s overall job performance rating among voters stands at 52% approve, 38% disapprove.
Just over half (51%) of New Jersey voters said measures taken by the state government to slow the spread of the coronavirus have been appropriate, with 61% supporting reinstitution of general face mask and social distancing guidelines in New Jersey. Over four in 10 of those surveyed (43%) said they are very concerned about a family member becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.
The poll was conducted by telephone from Sept. 16 to Sept. 20 with 804 New Jersey registered voters. The results have a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.