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Poll: Residents give thumbs up to Murphy

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Gov. Phil Murphy delivers an address on his 100th day in Office in New Brunswick in April.
Gov. Phil Murphy delivers an address on his 100th day in Office in New Brunswick in April. - ()

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.

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Linda P May 17, 2018 9:10 am

I really don't get it anymore. Raise taxes, illegals get college grants while working residents get nothing. 25 percent are undecided? Legalize pot, legalize gambling, now I bet he will be on board for advocates for legalizing prostitution. NJ is going to heck in a handbag. This is going to be one sleezey state. I am so happy I am only 8 years from retirement. I can't wait to get out. Listen to 101.5 people and get a different prospective for once. You get something free and you like a politician? Well guess what it is coming out of your pockets. Nothing is free. Wake up NJ.

Linda P May 17, 2018 10:58 am

Unbelievable. 29 percent no opinion. That means 29 percent don't know what is going on in their own state. Such a shame to be so uninformed. Wait until all the tax hikes hit the majority's pockets. Then they will be singing a different tune with tuition breaks to immigrants and other things they feel are free. This Governor in my opinion is an opportunist looking to further his career goals while not fighting for NJ now. Nothing is free people. You will find out how he is not fighting for you. Can't wait to retire in a couple of years and get out of dodge. This state is heading for disaster.

Tom Kole May 17, 2018 3:25 pm

How is it possible to give a positive rating to Gov. Murphy? His tax and spend agenda can do nothing but drive us into an even bigger financial hole! It always amazes me how people like the Governor become wealthy capitalists using other people’s money to do so and then become socialists who also use other people’s money and expect the rest of us to fund his agenda. And the voters continue to buy into this time after time and expect a better financial result. I believe that’s the definition of insanity.