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Poll: Negative opinions of Christie have doubled

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Governor Chris Christie
Governor Chris Christie - (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

In January 2013, a Pew Research Center/USA Today Poll found that by more than a two-to-one margin, Americans looked upon Gov. Chris Christie favorably.

Back then, 40 percent reported having a positive image of Christie as opposed to the 17 percent who looked upon him in an unfavorable light. Another 42 percent were still not sure.

But in the same poll updated for the current month and released Monday, it appears Christie has lost a considerable amount of ground in terms of public opinion. While a marginally similar 38 percent still hold positive views of the governor, an increased 34 percent now see him unfavorably.

While only 7 percent of Republicans reported a negative change of opinion on Christie in the last year, 25 percent of Democrats said they no longer look upon him favorably.

The poll also indicates that the majority of respondents who have heard about the ongoing George Washington Bridge scandal, some 58 percent, do not believe Christie's repeated claims that he had no knowledge of his staffers' involvement in the lane closures. Only 32 percent reported having confidence in the governor's story.

Two separate polls released last week also gauged the issue and found varying results.

The Quinnipiac Poll released last Wednesday found that the majority of New Jersey voters, 66 percent, believe Christie did not order the lane closures and another 50 percent added that his aides acted without his knowledge.

Then, an NBC News/Marist Poll released on Thursday found that only 44 percent of Americans believe Christie has been telling the truth about his involvement in the scandal.

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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