Let’s briefly review the core findings contained in today’s new Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) poll results (pdf), Save Jerseyans:
55% of registered voters polled approve of the Governor’s job performance
49% believe that aforementioned job performance is “excellent” or “good.”
47% believe he’s primarily interested in governing; 41% say he’s mostly interested in higher office.
58% have “seen” one of his townhall meetings
36% of registered voters like Chris Christie and his policies.
29% don’t like him or his policies.
14% like him but dislike his policies.
14% dislike him while liking his policies.
Said another way, exactly 50% of the state likes Chris Christie regardless of their opinion of his policy decisions/stances, while 43% (with some crossover, which is a little weird) don’t like his policies. And this is all based on calculated Christie-saturation; more New Jerseyans have interacted with this particular Governor passively (through social medial or news reports) or actively (in person, via his robust constituent services operation or going to a town hall) than any other elected leader in state history.
Krista Jenkins, Executive Director of PublicMind and a FDU professor of political science, nevertheless appeared to struggle with what, exactly, these results tell us about the Governor:
He’s a complicated guy,” said Jenkins, “so trying to understand whether his high marks with the public come from his policies or personality is tough.” As Jenkins points out, those who are divided over his personality and policy positions represent a sizable chunk of the electorate-and one that offers insight into where Christie’s overall support lies. “Whether he’s getting the support of those who like his policy positions or personality will remain a debate. Both are important for understanding Governor Christie’s support.”
I understand it well enough, Save Jerseyans: voters think he’s honest.
Or at least a solid majority do.
After years of suffering slime like Jim “Rest Stop” McGreevey and Jon “MF’n Global” Corzine, Chris Christie is a breath of fresh air for Garden State residents. Do we agree with everything he does or says? Or how he chooses to say it? No, I’d expect not. There’s no such thing as total and complete accord in politics. But most folks believe that HE believes what he says, and that’s a huge improvement for our “Soprano State.” Nothing about the man feels plastic, slippery or less-than-genuine. People think he’s the real deal.
So Chris Christie’s popularity is, at the end of the day, not very complicated at all to this blogger. Nor is it really surprising unless you’re blinded by partisan rage…
Honesty IS Chris Christie’s best policy.
55% can’t be wrong… that’s enough to grant him another term.