During the campaign, John Kasich seized upon first-year New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) as a model he’d emulate if elected.  He’s continued that bombastic style and amped it up since winning the election.  Looks like Kasich… well, you explain it Knight of the Templar:

Not even a year into his term, and Christie’s approval ratings have dropped below 50%, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.  In a little over a month, Christie has seen his approval rating drop five points, and his disapproval rating raise six.

While Republicans love him and Democrats hate him, Christie is starting to already lose the support of Independents that were a huge part of his “winning” coalition.  (Christie has something else in common with Kasich; neither won with a majority of the vote.)


Christie’s approval among female voters is still ten points higher than Kasich’s favorability rating with the same group in a recent PPP poll.  But both numbers are horrible, especially so early in an Administration.

In contrast, President Obama has a 50%-45% approval rating and is on the upswing in comparison.

Christie is particularly vulnerable with voters on taxes and education in which his disapproval on those issues are beyond the margins ahead of his approval rating on those issues.  Even state spending, his supposedly strong point finds him with sub-50 percent approval rating with disapproval closing behind his approval.  He loses independents on education and taxes entirely.

Another New Jersey poll released yesterday from Rutgers is downright brutal. It finds Christie ending the year with a 39%/54% disapproval rating.  Although his approval rating puts him in the “middle of the pack” for first-year Governors, those who rate him as doing “poor” this year is the second highest number in the poll’s history.  

Rutgers has his approval rating with independents 40%  (excellent or good)/52% (fair or poor.)

Whichever you choose to believe, it’s clear that Chris Christie’s popularity in New Jersey is already wearing thin less than a year in office.  (But even his worsening poll numbers is still better than what Kasich got in the PPP poll.)

Don’t be surprised if you start hearing Kasich talk up Mitch Daniels more now and Christie less.

  • Guest

    I’m an independent voter who leans right on a lot of economic matters. And from what little I know of Christie, I like his bluntness, honesty and his apparent willingness to take unpopular positions which he feels are economically necessary.

    But, whether you like Christie or hate him, watch a few youtube’s and contrast his ability to (1) engage in civil, rational debate, (2) on matters which (regardless of if you disagree with his positions) he’s bothered to educate himself on, to which he (3) makes discrete, comprehensible proposals with Kasich’s truly bizarre, furious, irrational, angry rantings about things he doesn’t even understand. There’s truly no comparison.

    I’m more glad that I voted for Strickland every day.

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  • Fotogirlcb2002

    this shouldnt be a surprise Chris Christie is a hero of Kasichs–after all Christie was in Cincinnati with Kasich–he also is a big bullie on the playground — ( he also doesnt like unionized workers,cant stand state employees )there are over 400,000 without jobs there ( unemployeement is like 9.2%)– from Nov 2009 to present they may have gained 20,000 jobs–Christie ranks 4th in high paid salary-( $175,000 yr)most get around $125,000
    All that we hear here in Ohio has been heard already in New Jersey–attack all unions–teachers were attacked first and some laid off( although a lot retired but it was political blackmail senario either retire or take a chance of layoff)– layoff government employees– take retirement benefits away– privitize government jobs– sell off or privatize turnpikes–consolidation of school districts( his kids go to a privite school)oddly enough both ran on the jobs issue and oddly enough neither can seem to get any new ones going– both gave up rail money — and they have another one following in the ranks the governor of Wisconsin–
    Christie is known as a”maverick” where have heard this term before( McCain)
    hes known to speak his mind ( I will say he doesnt insert foot as much as Kasich)
    still its worth reading up on Christies cuts and etc– because you can better see what we are in for — I just finished a article saying his supposed cuts ending up in spending 4 billion more than the previous gov.–
    funny how they sing the praises of cuts in spending ( the only way to do that is layoffs) yet they never freeze their own wages — just ours

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