NJ DEMS LOVE CLINTON; EVERYBODY LOVES CHRISTIE

The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters in New Jersey, and was conducted April 25 and 29.

How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President?

33% Strongly approve
25% Somewhat approve
10% Somewhat disapprove
31% Strongly disapprove
2% Not sure

How would you rate the job Chris Christie has been doing as Governor… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

34% Strongly approve
37% Somewhat approve
15% Somewhat disapprove
13% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

(Answered by 420 Democratic Voters) Looking ahead to the presidential campaign of 2016, given the choice of Hillary Clinton, Andrew Cuomo, Joe Biden, or Martin O’Malley, who would be your choice for the Democratic nomination?

67% Hillary Clinton
8% Andrew Cuomo
13% Joe Biden
2% Martin O’Malley
4% Some other candidate
6% Not sure

(Answered by 309 Republican Voters) Looking ahead to the presidential campaign of 2016, given the choice of Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, or Paul Ryan, who would be your choice for the Republican nomination?

18% Marco Rubio
13% Rand Paul
41% Chris Christie
12% Paul Ryan
5% Some other candidate
11% Not sure

In terms of how you vote for Governor of New Jersey, how important is the state’s response to Hurricane Sandy?

51% Very important
37% Somewhat important
8% Not very important
2% Not at all important
2% Not sure

Do you support or oppose federal efforts to reform immigration law, leading to a path to citizenship for undocumented residents?

30% Strongly support
26% Somewhat support
18% Somewhat oppose
21% Strongly oppose
4% Not sure

Do you support or oppose a national law requiring a criminal background check prior to all gun sales?

82% Support
12% Oppose
6% Not sure

Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree that violent movies, television shows and video games lead to more violence in our society?

30% Strongly agree
34% Somewhat agree
22% Somewhat disagree
13% Strongly disagree
1% Not sure

Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree that society is more violent today than it was 25 years ago?

48% Strongly agree
26% Somewhat agree
18% Somewhat disagree
6% Strongly disagree
1% Not sure

Do you personally know people who have been victims of domestic violence?

39% Yes
54% No
7% Not sure

What is the single-most important thing government can do to curb gang violence -- more aggressive policing, encourage stable families, expand educational opportunities after high school, or invest in recreation programs in urban areas?

24% More aggressive policing
34% Encourage stable families
22% Expand educational opportunities after high school
13% Invest in recreation programs in urban areas
5% Some other policy
3% Not sure

Has New Jersey’s anti-bullying law changed the behavior of the state’s school children?

20% Yes
43% No
37% Not sure

NEW KEAN UNIVERSITY / NJ SPEAKS POLL: NJ DEMS LOVE CLINTON; EVERYBODY LOVES CHRISTIE

For Immediate Release
Contact: Terry Golway
908-737-5989
tgolway@kean.edu

UNION, N.J. – If Hillary Clinton decides to run for president in 2016, New Jersey’s Democratic voters will be in her corner, according to the latest Kean University / NJ Speaks poll released today.

Sixty-seven percent of self-identified Democrats said they would support Mrs. Clinton in the next presidential campaign. Vice President Joe Biden finished a distant second, with 13 percent. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo won the support of 8 percent. Several days ago, the press reported that Governor Cuomo has told allies that he will not run for president in 2016 if Mrs. Clinton runs because of her evident strength among Democrats.

“There’s a sense that the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination is Hillary Clinton’s for the asking,” said Dr. Terry Golway, director of the Kean University Center for History, Politics, and Policy. “This poll of New Jersey Democrats certainly confirms that thinking.”

On the G.O.P. side, 41 percent of the state’s Republicans said they would support Chris Christie in 2016. Florida Senator Marco Rubio placed second with 18 percent.

The Governor’s approval rating continues to dazzle. Seventy-one percent of the poll’s 1,000 respondents said they either strongly approved or somewhat approved of the Governor’s performance. The Governor’s popularity cuts across party, ideology, and race. Sixty-one percent of Democrats approve of his performance, as do 66 percent of African Americans, 61 percent of self-identified liberals, and 72 percent of moderates.

The Governor’s presumed Democratic challenger, state Senator Barbara Buono of Middlesex County, remains unknown to many voters. Sixty-four percent of respondents said they were either not very familiar or not at all familiar with Senator Buono. By contrast, only 4 percent said they were unfamiliar with Governor Christie.

Eighty-eight percent said that the state’s response to Hurricane Sandy would be an important issue as they consider their choice for governor in the fall.

On a series of policy questions, 56 percent of respondents said they support immigration reform leading to a path to citizenship, 82 percent support criminal background checks before gun sales, 64 percent said that they believe violent movies, television shows and video games contribute to violence in society, and 74 percent said that society is more violent today than it was 25 years ago.

The poll surveyed 1,000 likely voters in New Jersey, and was conducted April 25 and 29.