Survey of 1,000 New Jersey Republicans

New Jersey Survey of 1000 Republican Likely Voters Conducted November 13-14, 2012 By Pulse Opinion Research

How would you rate the job Barack Obama has been doing as President… do you strongly approve, somewhat approve, somewhat disapprove, or strongly disapprove of the job he’s been doing?

8% Strongly approve
7% Somewhat approve
11% Somewhat disapprove
71% 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?

64% Strongly approve
26% Somewhat approve
5% Somewhat disapprove
4% Strongly disapprove
1% Not sure

How surprised were you that Mitt Romney lost the presidential election?

43% Very surprised
28% Somewhat surprised
22% Not very surprised
6% Not at all surprised
1% Not sure

What is the major reason Governor Romney lost the election – was he a poor candidate, did the Democrats run a better campaign, have the Republicans moved too far to the right, or did Hurricane Sandy distract voters from the election?

9% He was a poor candidate
19% Democrats ran a better campaign
22% The Republican Party has moved too far to the right
29% Hurricane Sandy distracted voters from the election
19% Some other reason
2% Not sure

As a New Jersey Republican, do you feel connected to the national party, or do you feel alienated?

42% Connected
42% Alienated
17% Not sure

What is the most important issue facing the Republican Party today -- the nation’s changing demographics, media bias, the party is too conservative, or the party isn’t conservative enough

32% The nation’s changing demographics
40% Media bias
16% The party is too conservative
8% The party isn’t conservative enough
4% Not sure

What is the most important thing the party can do to improve its chances in the 2016 presidential election -- support immigration reform, de-emphasize social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage, support more tax cuts and less government, or nothing, the party is doing fine as it is?

12% Support immigration reform
37% De-emphasize social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage
40% Support more tax cuts and less government
5% Nothing, the party is doing fine as it is
4% Something else
1% Not sure

Are media outlets like Fox News and talk radio shows helpful or harmful to the Republican Party, or do they not matter?

52% Helpful
23% Harmful
20% They do not matter
5% Not sure

Should Republicans in Congress try to push their own agenda or should they try to find common ground with President Obama?

42% They should push their own agenda
51% They should try to find common ground
7% Not sure

Can President Obama work with Republicans in Congress?

30% Yes
54% No
16% Not sure

Did Governor Chris Christie’s appearance with President Obama after Hurricane Sandy help President Obama, help Governor Romney or did it have no impact on the Presidential election?

55% It helped President Obama
2% It helped Governor Romney
41% It had no impact
2% Not sure

Should Chris Christie run for president in 2016?

50% Yes
32% No
18% Not sure