57% in NJ Have Favorable View of New GOP Governor
Rasmussen Reports
January 14, 2010

Fifty-seven percent (57%) of New Jersey voters have a favorable opinion of Governor-elect Chris Christie just before he formally takes office next Tuesday, according to a new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state. Still, while many are giving the new Governor the benefit of the doubt, only 15% with a very favorable opinion.
That overall favorable rating of 57% is up nine points from the last pre-election poll and up eight from right after the election.

Thirty-three percent (33%) of New Jersey voters rate taxes as the biggest problem Christie faces as he becomes governor. For 28% the biggest problem is government spending, while 22% put unemployment at the top of the list. Corruption, education and crime, in that order, all get single-digit recognition as the top problem facing the governor-elect.

However, when asked which issue Christie should tackle first, 34% put government spending at the head of the line. For 29%, taxes come first, while 24% cite unemployment. Corruption, education and crime again bring up the bottom of the list. Voters just after the election rated cutting state spending as the new governor?s top priority.

Democrats think that tackling unemployment should be the incoming Governor?s top priority. For Republicans and unaffiliated voters, cutting government spending is atop the list.

Voters are a bit more optimistic that the new governor will be able to improve the state?s economy. Fifty percent (50%) say it?s at least somewhat likely, a 10-point boost in confidence from the post-election survey.

Christie is one of two Republican governors elected last November in the two marquee races of 2009. The other was Robert McDonnell in Virginia. Those GOP victories were among the first inklings of the difficult political environment Democrats would face in this year?s midterm elections as the economy continues to stumble along and public anger grows over many of official Washington?s actions.

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