Sen. Menendez has a 9-point lead over Sen. Kyrillos
BY TOM HESTER SR.
If Gov. Chris Christie ran as Republican Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate, it would do little to improve the presidential hopeful’s chance of beating President Obama in New Jersey, according to a Quinnpiac University poll released Thursday.
Obama leads former Romney 49 to 40 percent in the New Jersey presidential race, a lead that shrinks to 49 to 42 percent if Christie runs as Romney’s vice presidential pick.
“Almost half the state’s voters, 47 percent, think it’s very likely or somewhat likely Christie will be tapped as VP – but 65 percent agree with his own assessment that he’s not right for the job,” Carroll said.
There is a large gender gap with or without Christie on the ticket. Men would vote for a Romney-Christie ticket 50 to 42 percent, while women would vote for Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden 55 to 35 percent, the poll finds. Independent voters split 42 – 42 percent.
White voters back the Republican ticket 52 to 39 percent, while black voters go Democratic 89 to 6 percent.
Voters give Obama a 51 to 46 percent job approval and say 51 to 46 percent he deserves reelection. Voters, 52 to 43 percent, have a favorable opinion of the president.
Romney has a split 39 to 37 percent favorability rating.
Voters approve 45 to 31 percent of the job Democratic U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez is doing and say 43 to 34 percent that he deserves reelection.
Menendez leads his little-known Republican challenger, state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos, 44 to 35 percent, with support of 79 to 5 percent among Democrats and a slight 38 to 34 percent edge among independent voters. Republicans back Kyrillos 78 to 8 percent.
By a 35 to 27 percent margin, voters have a favorable opinion of Menendez, with 37 percent who don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.
For Kyrillos, 79 percent don’t know enough about him to form an opinion.
“U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez vs. state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos?,” Carroll said. “At this stage, a single-digit lead for Menendez. No one knows Kyrillos, but Menendez’s numbers are lackluster, to say the least.”
With 51 percent of Republican voters, Romney leads the GOP presidential primary survey, concluded before former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania suspended his campaign. Santorum is at 14 percent with 9 percent for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas U.S Rep. Ron Paul with 7 percent.
From April 3 through Monday, Quinnipiac surveyed 1,607 registered voters via telephone with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.