Despite a rocky first few months in office for Gov. Phil Murphy, residents maintain a relatively positive outlook on the direction of the state.
A Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released May 17 found 46 percent of surveyed approved of Murphy’s performance, while 29 percent disapproved. Some 25 percent of the 704 New Jersey adults surveyed had no opinion.
“With a Democratic governor in the State House, two thirds of Democrats now have a positive outlook on New Jersey, up 26 points since last November,” said Ashley Koning, who oversees the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at Rutgers.
Independents show some skepticism towards Murphy, Koning said. She noted a 50-50 split between thumbs up and down, though their affinity towards the Democratic governor has increased since previous polling.
The latest Eagleton poll found three-quarters of Republicans disapproved of Murphy’s performance. “Even among this group, positivity has ticked up five points since Murphy’s November victory,” Koning said.
The Eagleton poll also surveyed respondents’ thoughts on Sens. Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and state Senate President Stephen Sweeney.
Some 46 percent of respondents approved of Booker’s performance and 25 percent disapproved.
Menendez, who emerged successfully from a long court inquiry into corruption charges, drew a 22 percent approval rating, with 35 disapproving and 42 percent offering no opinion.
Sweeney, despite figuring in policy news regularly over the years, seemed to draw a blank from a majority of respondents, with seven in 10 residents surveyed offering no opinion of his performance.