Obama’s Job Approval Underwater in New Jersey

President Obama’s net job approval rating in New Jersey has gone negative according to the latest Quinnipiac poll of the state. The poll found that 52 percent of voters disapprove of Obama’s handling of his job while only 44 percent approve. That is a steady drop from the two months ago, when Quinnipiac last polled the state and found Obama with a net positive rating of 50 percent approve to 46  percent disapprove.

Obama saw a drop in his job approval rating across the political spectrum but the biggest changes were with committed partisans. Among Republicans, Obama’s approval number went from 18 – 80 percent in June, to a mere 6 -93 percent now. Among Democrats, Obama dropped seven points from 84 – 13 percent in June to 77 -17 percent. The smallest change was actually among Independents where his numbers moved from 42 -51 percent to 39 -57.

The drop in job approval in New Jersey very closely matches the national drop Gallup found in its daily tracking poll over the same time period. In roughly the last month there has been a steady decline in approval for Obama, which coincides with both the debt ceiling fight and the recent drop in the stock market.

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at

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