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Poll finds New Jerseyans lukewarm to Cory 2020'.

Byline: Jessica Perry

According to results released Thursday by Monmouth University Polling Institute, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker's presidential bid is garnering mixed reviews from New Jersey residents, though he fared better than former Gov. Chris Christie did in a similar poll following the announcement of his own presidential bid four years ago.

The Poll found that Booker continues to earn a net positive job rating in the state, though his disapproval numbers have climbed. And while many respondents do not believe he will be able to keep up with his senatorial duties while he is running for president, they do not see the need for him to resign.

"Booker has become better known to his constituents over the past two years, but his presidential bid and elevated national profile may have worn off some of the sheen," said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a release. "Part of the problem could be that New Jerseyans haven't fully recovered from Christie's run four years ago."

Survey says

New Jerseyans are divided on whether Booker would actually make a good president 37 percent say he would and 42 percent say he would not.

When Christie launched his bid for the Oval Office in 2015, just 27 percent of state residents thought he would make a good president while an overwhelming seven-of-10, or 69 percent, said he would not. Around that time, Christie held a 36 percent approval and 58 percent disapproval job rating as governor.

One-in-five, or 21 percent, are unsure if Booker would make a good president, compared to only 4 percent having no opinion about Christie's fitness for the job four years ago.

Forty-eight percent of respondents approve, compared to 36 percent who disapprove, of Booker's performance as the state's junior U.S. Senator. Another 16 percent have no opinion.

In April 2018, Booker earned a 54 percent approval to 31 percent disapproval rating from the state's voters. His current disapproval rating is the highest it has been since he took office in 2013.

Opinions from Booker's own Democratic party in New Jersey found 81 percent approval to 8 percent disapproval, which have each gone up slightly as compared to last year's 77 percent approval and 9 percent disapproval.

Booker's rating among independents 37 percent approval to 42 percent disapproval has flipped since last year when he garnered a 52 percent approval to 33 percent disapproval. His rating among Republicans 13 percent approval to 75 percent disapproval has become slightly more negative than last April when it showed 21 percent approving to 64 percent disapproving.

The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from Feb. 8 to 10, 2019 with 604 New Jersey adults. Question results in this released by the Polling Institute have a margin of error of +/- 4.0 percentage points.

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Date:Feb 15, 2019
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