Gov. Phil Murphy's poll ratings seem to be going in the right direction.
In the latest – a Monmouth University Poll released April 11 – Murphy gets a 44 percent approval rating, with 28 percent disapproving of the governor’s performance and another 28 percent offering “no opinion” when surveyed 12 weeks into his term.
In January, a poll released by Fairleigh Dickinson University found 35 percent of New Jerseyans surveyed approved of his performance during his first days in office, while 21 percent disapproved and 40 percent had no opinion.
Both sets of results surpassed approval ratings for Murphy’s predecessor, Chris Christie, or Christie predecessor Jon Corzine at a similar point in their respective tenures.
“The fact that Murphy has a net positive job rating marks a departure from the prior two governors at the same point in their terms,” Monmouth poll officials said. “Chris Christie held a slightly negative 41 percent approve to 44 percent disapprove rating in April 2010, and Jon Corzine received a slightly negative 34 percent approve to 37 percent disapprove rating in April 2006 [in] Monmouth polling.”
More worryingly for Murphy, just 9 percent told Monmouth pollsters they are satisfied with his recent budget proposal, 29 percent said they “are not satisfied but can live with it,” and 23 percent were dissatisfied. But the biggest block of responders, at 38 percent, said they had no opinion or hadn’t heard about the plan.