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On economy, jobs, voters strongly prefer Christie over Buono, poll finds

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Chris Christie addresses a crowd in this file photo.
Chris Christie addresses a crowd in this file photo. - (Aaron Houston / NJBIZ)

Gov. Chris Christie would do a better job on economic issues than his challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Edison).

That's the finding of the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll, released today, which has the incumbent ahead of his challenger by 31 percentage points in the area of the economy and jobs.

It's just the latest survey highlighting the difficult road Buono faces in attempting to unseat the popular Christie.

On taxes, the gap is slightly lower, as 56 percent of voters support Christie, with 30 percent backing Buono.

Buono also received far less approval from Democrats than Christie did from Republicans on economic issues. While Republican support for Christie on the both economy and taxes was well over 80 percent, only 55 percent of Democrats said Buono would do a better job on taxes, and nearly a third said Christie would perform better on the economy and jobs.

Among independents, Christie also led Buono by more than 40 percentage points on both the economy and taxes.

The poll also looked at a wide list of other issues and found that likely voters support Christie in nearly every area, except same-sex marriage. According to the poll, Christie has a 26-point lead over Buono.

 

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"Barbara Buono is not making any new gains, even among those who should gravitate to her," poll director and Rutgers University political science professor David Redlawsk said. "Chris Christie simply seems to be a force of nature — all but unstoppable in this particular election."

Redlawsk said it's important to note that Christie leads Buono on issues such as the economy and jobs, despite consistently performing less than favorably on those same issues in past polls.

"For the last several months, we have reported that voters disapprove of Christie's performance in key areas," Redlawsk said. "The problem for Buono is that she has not convinced them she would do any better. Voters would rather stay with what they know than to turn over the reins to someone who has not been able to make an effective case for change."

Election Day is Nov. 5.

Andrew George

Andrew George

Andrew George covers the Statehouse from NJBIZ's Trenton bureau. Born and raised in N.J., Andrew has also spent time as a reporter in D.C., Texas and Pa. His email is andrewg@njbiz.com and he is @AndrGeorge on Twitter.

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