Booker Tops Bell By 13-Points But (Still) Well Under 50%
By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
A new FDU Public Mind poll of 721 registered voters out Wednesday found 42% of those polled supporting Cory Booker (D-Twitter) for reelection whereas 29% were in challenger Jeff Bell’s corner.
That’s a 13-point lead for His Royal Twitterness but he’s 8-points south of the 50% threshold with two months to go.
Every public poll result released thus far in the cycle has shown Booker either (1) well under 50% or (2) up by single digits.
What’s more, Barack Obama is deeply unpopular in New Jersey. You read that correctly. According to FDU, only about one-third (36%) approve of POTUS while almost half (49%) disapprove. The generic congressional ballot is all tightened up, too, which might be even more consequential were our districts not gerrymandered.
Click here to view the full polling report.
Break it all down now: an incumbent, celebrity senator who can’t hit 50% and the president, of the same party, whose approval rating is waaay upside down in that senator’s state which he carried by almost 20-points just two years ago. It should be ideal conditions for a challenge, right? But that would’ve required the powers to show Jeff Bell some love – or recruit someone with a stronger profile – a long time ago. So here we are.