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Saturday, July 3, 2010

How Popular is Chris Christie?

Chris Christie is more popular than I ever imagined, according to a Quinnipiac University telephone poll conducted from June 10 to June 15.  According to the poll 44 percent of New Jersey voters approve of his job performance, while 43 percent disapprove.

Forty-five percent of voters consider him a leader, while 43 percent describe him as a bully.

The public's opinion of Christie's policies is mixed.

Voters disapproved of his $820 million cut in aid to public schools by a 61-35 percent margin.

Sixty-seven percent approve of his proposed constitutional amendment to limit property tax increases to 2.5 per cent per year.  Only 25 percent oppose it.

Voters indicated Christie should have signed the bill to increase income taxes on millionaires by a margin of 61 to 33 percent..

Nearly two thirds of voters with children in the public schools say they like teachers, but 53 percent have a negative opinion of the teacher's union.