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FDU Poll: Obama's Popularity Rebounds in NJ

Favorable rating a change from previous polls.

As Republicans continue to duke it out for the GOP presidential nomination, New Jersey voters are split on President Obama's job evaluation, according to the latest recent statewide poll by 's PublicMind.

According to the FDU poll, 46 percent of Garden State voters approve of the job Obama is doing as president while 45 percent disapprove—a reversal, albeit barely, of two previous polls in which the majority of voters didn't give his performance a thumbs-up.

Also, more voters said they were optimistic about the country's direction. 28 percent said the country is taking the right path—a jump of six points—while 61 percent still believe the U.S. is on "the wrong track."

Read the release below for more and take our poll.

New Jersey voters split on President Obama’s job evaluation: 46% approving to 45% disapproving. According to the most recent statewide poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMindTM, Obama’s one-point advantage is an improvement from two previous three-point deficits (44%-47%). However, the president has a deficit of eight percentage points among men (40-48) compared to an advantage of nine points among women (51-42).

Some voters are now more optimistic about the direction of the country: 28% say the country is headed in the right direction, an uptick of six points. And there is a corresponding six-point drop, to 61%, in those saying the country is on the “wrong track.” The shift is accounted for almost entirely by Democrats. Democrats, by a margin of 47%-40%, say the country is headed in the right direction, a significant change from the previous measure when many more Democrats (49%) said the country was on the wrong track than said it was headed in the right direction (36%). Republicans continue to agree overwhelmingly (87%-6%) that the country is on the wrong track.

“Democrats are eager to note any improvements in the economy,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. He added, “Given the intense criticism by Republicans of their own candidates for the presidency, Democrats are feeling Obama’s chances of re-election have improved.”

Democratic U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, who shares the president’s election cycle in 2012, defeats two possible Republican challengers in hypothetical match- ups. He beats state Sen. Joe Kyrillos by 43%-31%, and defeats Tea Partier Anna Little by the exact same margin, 43%-31%.

“Without Tom Kean, Jr., the Republicans right now have only the equivalent of generic candidates—not well enough known statewide to have a brand name,” said Woolley. “That’s the difficulty of having so few statewide elected offices. Challengers typically must struggle for name recognition.”

The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll of 800 registered voters statewide was conducted by telephone using both landlines and cell phones from Jan. 2 through Jan. 8, 2012, and has a margin of error of +/-3.5 percentage points.

Chuck Ruff January 17, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Are you telling be the country wasn't divided in 2000, when the democratic/republican wasn't almost evenly split??? And it wasn't Bush who brought the country together, it was a bunch of extremist flying airplanes into buildings that did that. And the GOP was divided long before Obama came along. What the far right is saying about Romney now is exactly what they said about McCain in 2008. If Romney gets the nomination, then they'll spend the rest of the year praising how great a choice he will be, and if should happen to lose to Obama, they'll immediately turn face and say that's what we get for nominating such a loser. Exactly what happened to McCain.
Concerned January 17, 2012 at 11:20 PM
Hookerman, I am creating a new type of citizen, it's called an American. I voted for Obama as I could never put the white house a heartbeat away to Palin. never. That said Obama is an utter failure. I have stated the reasons in all of my posts above.
Paul Torsiello January 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM
(brendan@patch.com)where the hell do you live in Jersey that thinks Obama 's doing a good job....????in your hallucination state? Hudson county was and always will be a Dem's haven ,look what you have there! I was born there and Glad My parents had the good sense to move out in the sixties! Became a real sewer....
DidUReallyJustSayThat January 19, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Let's see how much longer the president has a positive rating once people realize he will block any program (even one that would provide 10,000s of jobs and energy for America) just to pander to the left-wing enviro-wackos.
Maurice Marvi January 19, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Yes, the State department which recommended not approving (for now) is full of left-wing enviro-wackos.

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